Five challenges for U.S. women's team

Updated: January 20, 2012, 5:06 PM ET
By Lizzie Haldane | ESPN.com

The United States women's national team embarks on its quest to secure an Olympic berth just three weeks into the New Year. Kicking off the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament on Friday, the Americans will play in their first match of 2012 against the Dominican Republic -- a seemingly easy task at hand, but the U.S. knows better than to take any game for granted after last year's bumpy road to the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Heading into qualifying, the team faces five challenges ...

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