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OLYMPICS: U.S. Women Defeat Japan 2-1 to Win Gold Medal Match in London

Carli Lloyd of Delran, N.J., scored twice as the Americans won their third consecutive gold and fourth all-time.

The United States Women's National Team defeated Japan 2-1 in Wembley on Thursday to avenge their loss in the World Cup final a year ago and take gold in the London 2012 Olympics.

Carli Lloyd of Delran, N.J., scored twice as the Americans won their third consecutive gold and fourth since 1996, when women's soccer debuted as an Olympic sport.

The U.S. team's 18-woman roster includes So Cal natives Alex Morgan of Dimaond Bar, Amy Rodriguez of Lake Forest, Shannon Boxx of Redondo Beach, Rachel Buehler of Del Mar, and Sydney Leroux of Los Angeles.

U.S. 2012 Olympics Roster:

  1 Goalkeeper Hope Solo, 30, of Richland, Wash.

  2 Defender Heather Mitts, 34, of Cincinnati, Ohio

  3 Defender Christie Rampone, 37, of Point Pleasant, N.J.

  4 Defender Becky Sauerbrunn, 27, of St. Louis, Mo.

  5 Defender Kelley O’Hara, 23, of Fayetteville, Ga.

  6 Defender Amy LePeilbet, 30, of Crystal Lake, Ill.

  7 Midfielder Shannon Boxx, 35, of Redondo Beach, Calif.

  8 Midfielder Amy Rodriguez, 25, of Lake Forest, Calif.

  9 Midfielder Heather O’Reilly, 27, of East Brunswick, N.J.

10 Midfielder Carli Lloyd, 30, of Delran, N.J.

11 Forward Sydney Leroux, 22, of Los Angeles, Calif.

12 Forward Lauren Cheney, 24, of Indianapolis, Ind.

13 Forward Alex Morgan, 23, of Diamond Bar, Calif.

14 Forward Abby Wambach, 32, of Rochester, N.Y.

15 Midfielder Megan Rapinoe, 27, of Redding, Calif.

16 Defender Rachel Buehler, 26, of Del Mar, Calif.

17 Midfielder Tobin Heath, 24, of Basking Ridge, N.J.

18 Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, 30, of Gilbertsville, Pa.

Women's soccer debuted in the Olympics in 1996. The U.S. women won gold in 1996, 2004 and 2008. The Americans also won the FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991 and 1999.

For more information on U.S. Women's Soccer, visit www.ussoccer.com, and for more information about the 2012 Summer Olympics, visit www.london2012.com.

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