USA Women's Soccer: Becky Sauerbrunn Will Help Americans Defend Gold Medal

KANSAS CITY, KS - SEPTEMBER 17: Defender Becky Sauerbrunn #4 of the United States chases down a loose ball against pressure from mid-fielder Chelsea Stewart #19 of Canada during the second half on September 17, 2011 at LiveStrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The United States and Canada ended in a 1-1 tie. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Becky Sauerbrunn and US women's soccer team go for gold.

Becky Saueurbrunn is a St. Louis-native and a member of the United States women's national soccer team, which has won the last two Olympic gold medals and three of four. Sauerbrunn, a defender who attended the University of Virginia, has not had a huge impact for the national team, but she is coming off a strong 2011 season. From her bio:

2011: Had her best-ever year for the national team, playing in 12 games while starting eight and made her first Women’s World Cup roster at the senior level … Played in just one match in Germany but had a stellar game while playing all 90 minutes during the semifinal victory against France, stepping up in a big way to replace the suspended Rachel Buehler …

Related: 2012 London Olympics: Team USA Features Numerous St. Louis Area Athletes

The Olympic soccer tournament, which features 12 teams, begins on July 25 and lasts until Aug. 9.

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