In completely unsurprising news, the USWNT has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio by virtue of their 5-0 romp over Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament Friday night.
Alex Morgan notched a hat trick, while Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd also found the back of the net.
Let's not hype things up and say this was an exciting match full of sterling displays of skill. This was USA vs another under-funded and under-supported CONCACAF women's team. So take this tournament's performances with a grain of salt when talking about who might make the Olympic roster.
Meanwhile, a bigger challenge comes Sunday when the USA faces Canada in the tournament final. Depending on whom you talk with, this is either a big rivalry or it isn't (it is). What's important is Canada can give the USA a challenge. Passions tend to run high when we face les filles from the frozen North. Tune in to...
OH WAIT. It's not on live, you say? Well of course not. Why would anyone want to watch the most popular women's soccer team in the world live?
Anyway... point your browsers to NBC Live Extra or NBC Universo at 5pm Eastern, then catch the replay on NBCSN at 11pm Eastern. So what if it's a school night?!
While the U.S. defense seems pretty set at this point with Hope Solo, Ali Krieger, Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn and Megan Klingenberg, spots have opened up elsewhere due to Lauren Holiday's retirement, Megan Rapinoe's busted ACL, and the pregnancies of Syd Leroux and Amy Rodriguez.
While Crystal Dunn should by all rights have a spot locked up, keep an eye on other newcomers like Lindsey Horan (who skipped out on UNC and went pro in France instead, though she will play for the NWSL's Portland Thorns this year), 17-year old Mallory Pugh, and super-sub Christen Press. It will be interesting to see if coach Jill Ellis gives time to other newbies like the creative Stephanie McCaffrey or the towering Sam Mewis.