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The U.S. women’s soccer team fell to Canada 1-0 on Monday, effectively ending their pursuit of Olympic gold in Tokyo. The loss came after the U.S. allowed Jessie Fleming of Canada to convert a penalty shot in the 75th minute.
Here’s a clip of Fleming’s game-winning goal:
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 2, 2021
A lot of people saw this coming with the USWNT. They suffered a blowout loss to Sweden to open things up, followed by a win against New Zealand and a tie with Australia, which prevented an early knock from the Olympics.
Now, they’ll have to face off against the loser of the Australia-Sweden match to play for a disappointing bronze medal. Considering expectations coming in, fighting for a bronze means the USWNT has clearly fallen short.
When asked about that upcoming game for Bronze, here’s what OutKick fan-favorite Megan Rapinoe had to say:
“We don’t lose very often and so we typically bounce back pretty well,” she said, via Yahoo Sports. “We have a medal to compete for. We had goals of winning a gold medal but any medal is really special.
“We can’t lose sight of that, especially given the year everyone’s gone through and what it’s taken just to be here.
“I think we have a ton still to play for. I think taking home a bronze medal would be a great accomplishment for this team and I don’t think we should just pooh-pooh that away.”
As OutKick founder Clay Travis pointed out after the loss to Sweden, many Americans are actually pulling against them because of their decision to kneel for the national anthem. In other words, there are probably plenty of people out there rocking the Red, White and Blue celebrating the loss on Monday. Wild.
“The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team kneeled before the game began. There’s going to be a lot of political analysis going on as it pertains to the #Olympics this year. It’s going to be harder to enjoy.” – @ClayTravis pic.twitter.com/khCYdt3p2h
— OutKick (@Outkick) July 21, 2021
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