USA Women Fall to Norway, Lose Official Badges

6 Aug

It all happened so fast.  Today in Beijing the Olympics quietly kicked off with the first round of women’s soccer matches.  Sorely missing their star Abby Wambach, who suffered a broken leg last month, the US team gave up two goals in the first four minutes to Norway and struggled the entire time en route to losing the match.  Let’s hope that they get their act together because they now sit in last place in Group G.

Something I found extremely interesting, though, was the fact that the United States team was playing without the US Soccer badge that is usually worn over the heart.  Looks like the logo was also missing from the shorts (see official game shorts here).  As a matter of fact, there was not a US crest to be found on the field of play today, not even by the goalie, which left the American team looking, ummm, naked.  But not like this or this, which I’m sure all of you are upset about. Surely this omission had something to do with the team losing its mojo today.

Anybody have any clue why the team went crest-less today?  Let me know in the comments.

3 Responses to “USA Women Fall to Norway, Lose Official Badges”

  1. Utahsaint August 21, 2008 at 10:52 pm #

    If you were watching the U.S. Olympic team play and felt like something was missing, it’s because something was.

    The U.S. Soccer crest that is emblazoned on every U.S. national team uniform was not on the U.S. Olympic team uniform for the men or the women for their opening matches. The reason? According to a U.S. Soccer official, The International Olympic Committee does not allow national governing bodies to include their crests on their uniforms during the Olympics.

    If you have seen other teams with crests, it is because the national federations for those countries have ignored the IOC mandate, and are subject to fines by the IOC.

    So no, there wasn’t a laundry fiasco and nobody made off with the crests. There’s your answer to the missing crests question.

  2. Hurley October 30, 2008 at 11:19 am #

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