The US found itself in an absolutely loaded Group G of the Olympics, along with Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand. The team took a tough loss to open play, falling to Sweden 3-0 on July 21. They’d rebound for a big 6-1 win over New Zealand, and advanced through after a draw with Australia.
USWNT looked shaky once again in the quarterfinals against the Netherlands, but won in dramatic fashion with a 4-2 edge in penalty kicks. Unfortunately, the run to gold fell short early Monday morning, with a 1-0 loss to North American rival Canada, who advances on to face Sweden in the gold medal game.
Alex Morgan, one of the team’s biggest stars, took to Twitter late last night to share her thoughts on the loss. “Devastated to say the least not to be competing for a gold medal, but hungry for more and thankful we get to compete for bronze in two days,” she said.
Devastated to say the least not to be competing for a gold medal, but hungry for more and thankful we get to compete for bronze in 2 days. Thank you everyone for the support!
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) August 3, 2021
The USWNT will get its second match against Australia with the bronze medal on the line. In 2016, the U.S. finished in fifth place, failing to medal after four golds and a silver medal in the previous five Summer Olympics.
While failing to appear in the gold medal game is a disappointment for the team, they certainly don’t want to go home without anything to show for the trip. That game is scheduled for 4:00 a.m. ET on Thursday morning.
The bigger question is how the USWNT responds to this disappointing showing moving forward. After losing in Rio, they responded by winning the CONCACAF Championship in 2018 and the World Cup in 2019. CONCACAF comes next July, while the World Cup will be held in 2023, with Australia and New Zealand serving as hosts.