U.S. women stand to win gold, and more gold
The U.S. Soccer Federation isn't just playing for a gold medal this afternoon in their Olympic grudge match against Japan. There's a $1.5 million bonus riding on the game.
U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati told reporters in London that the team would share in the bonus, divided according to the players' association's decision.
The bonus would come on top of the U.S. Olympic Committee prize money for medals: $25,000 for a gold and $15,000 for a silver.
If they lose to Japan, the American women would still get a bonus for silver, although not as much, said Gulati. The game starts at 2:45 p.m. Eastern time.
Win or lose, the U.S. women's team will also go on a tour in the fall, playing up to 10 matches scheduled, if possible, in players' hometowns. The tour would start Sept. 1 in Rochester, where U.S. forward Abby Wambach hails from.