The powerful United States national women’s soccer team will continue its final preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with an international friendly match on the soccer betting odds against underdog China on Sunday night (7:00 pm Eastern) at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.
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Currently holding steady as the No. 1 team in the world on the official FIFA women’s world rankings, head coach Pia Sundhage will announce on Friday the 18 players that will hit the pitch for Sunday’s action on the soccer odds after the conclusion of a two-week training camp in Princeton, New Jersey that included 28 national team hopefuls.
The United States and China previously dueled on the pitch at PPL Park back in October 2010, with the heavily-favored American side needing a late strike just seven minutes from time by Alex Morgan in order to secure a 1-1 draw in that encounter. The Chinese national team is currently listed at No. 18 in the official FIFA women’s world rankings.
Sundhage has guided her troops to an impressive 10-1-1 record so far in 2012, with just five goals being scored against the Americans in those 12 matches. Following the friendly fixture on Sunday night against China, the United States will undergo its final per-Olympic tuneup with a match against world No. 7 Canada on June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
The American side has won each of the past two Olympic gold medals – claiming the crown in 2004 at Athens and again in 2008 at Beijing – and will begin its chase for a third consecutive Olympic title in late July as the heavy betting favorite to emerge from their preliminary group, which also includes world No. 6 France, No. 8 North Korea, and No. 28 Colombia.
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