Amy Rodriguez Gets Gold With USA Soccer
Aug. 21, 2008
It's been a pretty spectacular year for USC's Amy Rodriguez. Already a 2007 NCAA champion with the Women of Troy, Rodriguez captured an Olympic gold medal today in Beijing, as the U.S. women's soccer team edged Brazil 1-0 in extra time for the USA's third Olympic gold. A first-time Olympian, Rodriguez was an unwavering spark on the front lines throughout the Games. In the final against Brazil, it was Rodriguez who set up the game-winning goal from Carli Lloyd, slipping a pass back to Lloyd for the assist on the golden strike.
Rodriguez got her first call as an Olympic starter in the USA's second match of the Beijing Games. A remarkably speedy striker, Rodriguez went on to start and play at least 80 minutes in the next five USA matches -- all wins -- including the gold-medal match. The Trojan senior notched her first Olympic goal in a 4-0 win over New Zealand during group play. She played 109 minutes of the USA's 2-1 overtime win against Canada in the quarterfinals, and had an assist on the United States' second goal in a 4-2 win over Japan in the semis to boost Team USA into the gold-medal match.
Up against a tough rival in Brazil, the United States went into extra time once again. In the 96th minute, Rodriguez slipped a pass back to Carli Lloyd, who took a touch to the left outside the box and drilled a shot toward the far post and under the diving Brazil keeper to get Team USA ahead 1-0. The USA defense withstood an onslaught of Brazilian attacks late in the second extra time period, as the United States emerged with the win and Olympic gold.
Rodriguez -- with her medal in tow - returns to Troy as a senior with the USC soccer squad. Having logged a pile of minutes for the USA, she is expected to sit out the start of the Trojan 2008 season, which opens on Friday at San Diego.
Rodriguez is USC's first-ever women's soccer Olympian and the first USC soccer player to medal in the Games. Her gold-medal win in Beijing brings USC its fifth gold of the 2008 Games and 117th all-time Olympic gold medal.