Alex Morgan, one of the the United States Women’s National Team’s biggest stars, missed a huge penalty kick during the squad’s loss to Sweden Friday afternoon. It wound up costing the Americans in the end, as Sweden advanced 4-3 on penalties.
But unlike her teammate, goalkeeper Hope Solo, Alex Morgan is staying positive after the contest. Morgan took to Twitter following the game to issue an uplifting statement about the future. While heartbroken with the result, she thinks that the loss will make winning much sweeter next time around.
Heartbroken for the team+staff, for our fans, for my family. Today's loss will make winning that much sweeter. Learn, grow, and never forget
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) August 12, 2016
Her teammate, Carli Lloyd, issued a similar sentiment on Twitter following the contest. She’s already ready to begin training for the 2020 Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo.
This one hurts. I am proud to be apart of this team. I am not stopping and will be more motivated in 2019 and 2020. Back to work soon enough
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) August 12, 2016
Morgan is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. Since 2010, she’s appeared in 113 games for Team USA, scoring 68 goals while compiling 35 assists. She’s helped the squad finish as runner-up in the 2011 World Cup, champion at the 2015 World Cup and gold medal winner of the 2012 London games.