America girls’s nationwide soccer workforce didn’t carry out as marketed in Tokyo.
The Individuals struggled out of the gate, dropping their Olympic opener to Sweden in relatively gorgeous vogue. The U.S. nonetheless managed to succeed in the semifinal stage, however its pursuit of a gold medal got here to an finish Monday with a 1-0 loss to Canada. It marked the Individuals’ first loss to their North American neighbor in 20 years.
So, what went flawed for the U.S. on the Video games? Longtime workforce chief Megan Rapinoe put it in rather blunt terms after the loss to Canada.
“If I might simply say one thing, I simply suppose the gamers have lots to have a look at ourselves about,” Rapinoe instructed reporters, per ESPN. ” It’s not like, ‘Oh, we didn’t play higher,’ and getting on one another, however we have to carry out higher, interval. We don’t have juice as a result of the ball’s banging off our shins and we’re not discovering open passes and doing the straightforward issues.”
“We will deep-dive into analyzing, and I do know we’ll, however on the finish of the day, there’s all of the preparation you are able to do and all of the techniques, after which there’s every part else, and that’s what we have been lacking. You’ll be able to’t put a reputation on the ‘every part else,’ nevertheless it’s simply getting it completed from gamers, from all of us.”
Rapinoe and Co. may not depart Tokyo empty-handed. They’ll battle Australia on Thursday within the bronze-medal match.