Did you know that Sounder at Heart is hosting an Olympic Gold Medal Watch Party? Well it's true! Join Seattle Reign FC players Kim Little and Beverly Yanez as you watch this historic game. A late addition to the watch party is making the party even better as Laura Harvey has just confirmed. There will also be a raffle of two pairs of tickets for the August 27th Seattle Reign FC vs Portland Thorns FC match in Memorial Stadium.
How to Watch, Women's Olympic Soccer Medal Matches:
Bronze Medal Game:
Brazil v Canada
Friday, 9 AM
Location: Corinthians Arena, Rio De Janiero
TV: MSNBC, Olympic Soccer Channel
Streaming: Women's Soccer Bronze Medal
Third place games in major international tournaments are inherently worthless wastes of time that are just designed to sell one more set of broadcasts rights fees and commercials, with one notable exception: The Olympic Bronze Medal Game. Win this game and for the rest of your life you can say you are an Olympic Medalist. Lose the game and you were just on a team that went to the Olympics, did okay and lost your last two games.
Brazil really expected to be in the Maracana later today contesting the gold medal match, but they were done in by a Sweden team that came in with a defensive game plan and executed it to perfection on their way to a second straight 0-0 game after 120 minutes and penalty kick shootouts. After a sold out semi-final at the aforementioned Maracana, it will be interesting to see how many Brazilians show up on short notice to cheer on their Women's team in the Bronze Medal Match.
Canada have had a good tournament and are the defending Bronze medalists. Canada beat Australia, Zimbabwe and Germany to top Group F before defeating a very good France team 1-0 in the quarterfinals and then losing a rematch to Germany 2-0 in the semi-finals. A win here would match Canada's highest ever finish in an international tournament.
This could be the last Olympic match for both Brazil's Marta, 30, and Canada's Christine Sinclair, 33, who both would like to leave with a medal. Canada hosted Brazil in two warm-up matches in June. The teams split the series with Brazil winning the opener 2-0 in Toronto on June 4th and Canada winning the return match 1-0 in Ottawa on June 7th.
Gold Medal Game:
Sweden v Germany
Friday, 1:30 PM
Location: Maracana, Rio De Janiero
TV: NBCSN, Olympic Soccer Channel
Streaming: Women's Soccer Gold Medal Match
Germany are ranked #2 in the world while Sweden are #6. Germany come into this match as the heavy favorites. Germany are 4-1 in the tournament while Sweden's lone win is a 1-0 victory over South Africa in the opening match of the tournament. Sweden lost 5-1 to Brazil in the group before playing a 0-0 draw with China that allowed them to squeak into the knockout rounds as one of the two best third place teams. Sweden then kept up the theme playing a 0-0 with the USWNT over 120 minutes and winning on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals. Then Sweden tripled down on the 0-0 scoreline with a 120 minute scoreless draw at a sold out Maracana against Brazil that they again won on penalty kicks. Which means that somehow Sweden has made the Olympic Gold Medal Match with one win, one loss and three draws. Look for Sweden to play the exact same game plan as they did against the USA and Brazil against favored Germany.
Germany finished second in their group after beating Zimbabwe 6-1 in their opener then drew 2-2 with Australia followed by a surprising 2-1 loss to Canada in the final match. Germany then survived a late PK miss from China to win 1-0 in the quarterfinals before looking much better in a 2-0 revenge victory over Canada in the semi-finals. Germany's Melanie Behringer leads the Golden Boot race with five goals and is two clear of second place.
Other Notable Olympic Broadcasts Today:
Men's Volleyball Semi-Finals: USA v Italy
9AM, Men's Volleyball Semi-Final 1
Men's Basketball Semi-Finals: USA v Spain
The USA rolled through their pre-tournament exhibitions and early pool play games winning by astonishing margins and all the talk was if it was "unfair" to bring our best players to the Olympics and should the USA switch to an under 25 team and other ludicrous suggestions. Then the USA played three tough games beating Serbia and France by only 3 points and by 10 over Australia and all talk of invincibility has dissipated.
11:15 AM, NBCSN
Women's Field Hockey: Gold Medal Match
1 PM, MSNBC
Men's Basketball Semi-Finals: Australia v Serbia
If all goes well earlier today, this game will be to see who plays the USA for the gold medal. Both teams have rosters packed with NBA players and would relish the opportunity to knock off the overwhelming favorites.
3:00 PM, CNBC
Men's Volleyball Semi-Finals: Brazil v Russia
Brazil's national pastime is undoubtedly soccer. But Volleyball has a very credible argument as a close second. If you have not watched any (indoor) volleyball from Brazil, this is an atmosphere not to be missed. Brazil are a very good team playing at home but Russia are the defending Gold medalists.
6:00 PM, NBCSN
NBC Primetime has a shorter program tonight as the Olympics are winding down. Tonight will be Usain Bolt's final Olympic race (well unless he unretires ala Michael Phelps, 2012) as Jamaica go for the gold medal in the 4x100M relay. The Women's 4x100M final will also be contested along with the Women's pole vault and the last diving event of the Olympics kicks off with the marquee 10M Men's Platform qualifying.
8:00 PM, NBC