These American women simply never die.
Continuing last year's dramatic play at the World Cup, the U.S. National Women's team pulled off an incredible 4-3 extra-time victory against Canada in the Olympic semifinals at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.
Alex Morgan, who had been slightly frustrated throughout the physical, draining epic, headed home the game winner in the 123rd minute to give the Americans a rematch in the Gold Medal Game against Japan at Wembley Stadium on Thursday. If you remember, the Japanese beat the Americans in another epic at the World Cup Final in Germany last year.
The Americans rallied from three separate deficits during the course of today's win over Canada -- tying the score three times before taking the lead and clinching a spot in the finals.
A brilliant, tireless Christine Sinclar delivered each of those leads to the Canadians, proving she is one of the best women's players in the world today. Yet her hat trick wasn't enough to overcome Megan Rapinoe's brace, Abby Wambach's penalty kick and Morgan's winner.
Playing for a country that has had a long list of teams that refuse to give up in the face of defeat, this American women's team is the latest group who never stops fighting until the stadium's lights are turned off and security forces them off the pitch.