Olympic Games Match 3 Preview - Germany

Aug. 12, 2008, 11:40 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. Olympic Team for Women’s Field Hockey faces Germany on Thursday, August 14 at the Olympic Green Hockey Stadium, Pitch A. Game time is 10:30am. The match will be televised tape-delayed on USA and USA-HD during the 2:00am to 6:00 am block Eastern. Live coverage is available online at www.nbcolympics.com.

The tone of the USA’s match against Japan was similar to the Argentina game on Sunday: the Americans overcame early adversity with persistent and determined play to record a tie with one of the world’s most formidable teams. A goal by team captain Kate Barber in the second half kept the Americans in contention for the medal rounds

The Germans look to repeat their gold medal run from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, when they upset previously undefeated Netherlands 2-1 in the finals. The third-ranked team in the world, Germany qualified for the Olympic Games by winning the 2007 European Championship. Most recently, they won silver at the 2008 Champions Trophy, an annual tournament sponsored by International Hockey Federation, which pits the top ranked teams in the world against each other in round-robin format.

Germany sites atop the Pool B standings with two victories and six points. The USA is tied for third with two draws and two points.

Germany had a slow to start to open the competition on Sunday, but recovered to defeat Great Britain 5-1. Midfielder Fanny Rinne and forward Eileen Hoffman were the top scorers from first game.

Tuesday’s game against New Zealand was another slow start, as New Zealand held to a 1-0 lead for much of the game. But Germany rallied - including one questionable goal eventually upheld by video replay - in the final minutes to defeat the Kiwis. 

Forward Natascha Keller is the most experienced German player with over 300 caps, including an impressive 155 goals. Midfielder Marion Rodewald is team captain.  

The United Sates has faced Germany nine times in major international competition, with a record of two wins, two losses and five draws since 1994. The last meeting was 1-0 victory for the USA at the 2006 World Cup in Madrid, Spain. Entering the tournament as the No.11 seed, the USA surprised the experts with an impressive 6th place finish, including a win over the defending Olympic champions, Germany.


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