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Olympic Water Polo: Team USA Taking On Spain for Gold

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01:  Brenda Villa of the USA blocks Laura Lopez Ventos of Spain a on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympics at Water Polo Arena on August 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Brenda Villa of the USA blocks Laura Lopez Ventos of Spain a on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympics at Water Polo Arena on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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The last time these two team played it was a 9-9 draw that saw Spain come back from down three goals in the final 2:36 in the game to tie the game and win the group. This is the fourth straight Olympics that the United States will win a medal, and both teams will be looking to earn their first Olympic gold medal.

One key player for Team USA is Maggie Steffans who has been key for United States:

"Oh, she's huge, she's a stud," U.S. goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong said. "Like anybody on our team, she steps it up when she sees that as her role. We focus a lot on not being a two to three dominant-player team. We need anybody who can step up against any given team, and Maggie's filled that role well."

Steffens needs to have another big game to help get the United States their first gold medal. Others need to step up like captain Brenda Villa who has had a decent Olympics and of course goal keeper Betsey Armstrong.

Spain made it to the finals by narrowly defeating host Great Britain 9-7 and then Hungary just 10-9. As for Team USA they had a fairly easy timed defeating Italy 9-6 and then defeated gold medal favorite Australia 11-9 in an exciting game.

If the prior game between these two squads is anything near the same then a great game should be expected. What Team USA needs to do is if they get a lead keep going is to attack and attack, and not allow Spain to mount a comeback.

Time: 1:30 p.m. ET

TV: NBC Live at 1:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. CT, 1:30 p.m. MT & PT on delay

Streaming: NBCOlympics.com

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