There are some interesting stats to keep an eye on in this year’s Olympics.
The USA have already qualified for the Games for the first time since 1996, but they have only reached the final stage.
The first two games they have qualified for were in 1972 and 1980.
But it was a different story back in the early 1990s when the USA qualified in the semi-finals and the first three games they had qualified for had gone to penalties.
It is now time for the USA to do it again, and their first game in Beijing will see them go all the way.
They are the favourites, according to the BBC’s Mark Strickson.
There is still time for USA coach Jill Ellis to turn up the heat, but she will have to make a huge gamble.
India are likely to be the favourites to win the first game.
Despite not having played a single game since the start of last season, they are favourites to be at the semi final, and they have beaten India at the same stage in each of their previous three matches.
Both teams have won the last three games.
This is the first chance to get a feel for how they will match up on paper.
With India and the USA playing in the same group, it is likely to play out as a 3-1 or 4-1 series.
However, there is one match that can determine which team is the better team in the group, with the USA leading by 1 point at the halfway stage of the tournament.
And the result of that game could be the deciding factor.
“India are a good team, they have been playing well all year, and I am not sure if they have got the right players,” said Ellis.
While India have been at the back of the pack, the USA have been dominating at the front.
USA coach Jill Ellingsa has been in charge of the women’s team since the Women’s World Cup in 2014, and has been very successful at helping them win the World Cup.
She is set to be looking to make the biggest change of her career, and the coach is already in a good position to do that.
For the first two years of the Womens World Cup, the Americans were ranked second in the world, behind Japan.
Last year they finished second and third, respectively, and Ellis was the coach who led the team to that title.
Ellis had a great season for the women, taking them to the finals, where they lost to the hosts.
On top of that, the team had the second-best World Cup record at the tournament, having qualified for 12 finals and the quarter-finals, including the last four.
Their record was also second in Asia, behind only Japan, and there were plenty of positives to take from it.
More importantly, Ellis had a solid squad to work with.
All of her players, both at the national and international levels, have made a name for themselves, and were very successful in the World Cups.
In the recent World Cup quarter-final against China, the US was in the lead until the final whistle blew.
At the end of that match, Ellis was able to say that the team that had been able to play so well at the World Championships, had not played so well in the Olympics.
“We have been in the top two in every competition since last summer,” she said.
If the USA can go through to the quarter finals, Ellis will have a good chance of repeating the success.
Meanwhile, India’s chances are very much in the balance.
Since their qualification for the Rio Games, the Indian team has struggled to score goals.
During their recent win over China, India scored just one goal, and while they did score four in the first half, they were unable to create much in those final two minutes.
Indian coach Praveen Mehta is hoping that they can take the next step, and get the better of the Americans in Beijing.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Mehtal said: “They have a strong squad, and we need to get them to play better.
When we play the USA, they play as a team.
We will have the same challenge in Beijing, and have to play with the same mentality.”
Mehta added: “There are no secrets for us.
We have to prepare as a squad and go out there as a unit.
Hopefully, we will win.”
In a recent interview with the BBC, India coach Pravin Tawde also said he would be looking forward to working with Ellis, and that he had confidence in the coach’s ability.
Tawde added: “I know she is going to have the right personnel and the right coaching