The US women’s national team will not be leaving Tokyo empty-handed after winning the bronze medal today.
Braces from USWNT icons Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe secured a 4-3 win over Australia. It was their second-biggest scoring output of the Olympic tournament.
After the game, USWNT striker Alex Morgan had a message for her fans and teammates. Taking to Twitter, she said she couldn’t be more proud of the team and was happy to end their 40-day stay in Tokyo on a high note.
“Coming home with that fresh Bronze and couldn’t be more proud of this team!” Morgan wrote. “Battling until the end it’s been 40 days on the road and ending on a high makes it all worth it!!”
Coming home with that fresh Bronze and couldn't be more proud of this team! Battling until the end it's been 40 days on the road and ending on a high makes it all worth it!! https://t.co/GV55i264Ie
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) August 5, 2021
The USWNT’s Olympic run got off to a brutal start with a 3-0 loss to Sweden that ended a two-year unbeaten run. They followed that loss up with a 6-1 win over New Zealand and a scoreless draw against Australia to qualify for the knockout round.
In the quarterfinals, the USWNT faced the Netherlands and took a 2-2 draw to penalty kicks. Two saves from Alyssa Naeher secured a 4-2 penalty shootout win and their spot in the semifinals.
But the attack failed to make a dent in the semifinals against Canada. They suffered a 1-0 loss that ended their gold medal dreams.
Today’s win over Australia ensured that they wouldn’t meet the same medal-less fate as 2016 though.
It’s going to be a while before the USWNT has to play competitive games again.
Judging by what they did after their last Olympic disappointment, big things could be on the way.