Olympic Roundup - Thursday, Aug. 7
Aug. 7, 2008
Team USA opened group play on Thursday with a 1-0 shutout victory over Japan. UCLA alumnus Marvell Wynne (2004-05) set up the game's only goal in the 47th minute, beating his man down the right flank and sending a cross into the box. The cross deflected off a Japanese defender and went right to Stuart Holden, whose shot slipped past goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa and trickled into the back of the net.
Midfielder Benny Feilhaber (2003-04) entered the game in the 83rd minute. Defender Patrick Ianni did not play.
The U.S., which currently sits atop Group B with three points, will next play the Netherlands on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 4:45 am PT. The game will be televised live on USA Network. The Netherlands and Nigeria played to a 0-0 tie and may have lost its star striker Roy Makaay to a foot injury in the first half.
To watch today's game on NBCOlympics.com, click HERE.
Opening ceremonies begin on Friday (televised on NBC at 7:30 pm PT). On Saturday, Aug. 9, Lauren Cheney and the U.S. women's soccer team face Japan at 2 am PT, while Kara Lang and the Canadian team face China at 4:45 am PT. Men's rowing action begins on Saturday, with UCLA Anderson School graduate Mike Altman competing in lightweight fours and UCLA women's rowing assistant coach Mark Hunter competing in double sculls. In beach volleyball action, Elaine Youngs and her partner Nicole Branagh will take on the team of Rebekka Kadjik/Merel Mooren from the Netherlands on Saturday at 3 am PT.