21 Jul Megan Rapinoe after USWNT loss in Tokyo Olympics: ‘No time to dwell’
Megan Rapinoe stated the US ladies’s nationwide team should transfer on rapidly after a shocking 3-Zero loss to Sweden in its Olympic Video games opener on Wednesday.
The USWNT noticed a 44-match unbeaten file finish in humbling model because the match favorites and world No.1-ranked aspect was undone by two Stina Blackstenius targets and one from Lina Hurtig.
With 4 gold medals, the US has greater than another nation and is vying to turn out to be the primary team to win Olympic gold following a World Cup title.
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To try this, although, the team should transfer on rapidly after the loss to Peter Gerhardsson’s aspect. Talking after the match, Rapinoe stated: “We obtained our asses kicked, did not we? … I assumed we have been somewhat tight, somewhat nervous, simply doing dumb stuff.
“There isn’t any time to dwell and take into consideration if Sweden resides in our heads or not. We have one other sport in three days.”
Rapinoe, who got here on within the 64th minute with the rating 2-0, added: “Did we anticipate this end result tonight? No.
“It is irritating, and it is irritating that it is Sweden. They discovered a number of area on us. I do not even know what number of targets we have now given up this complete yr. I do not keep in mind the final time we gave up a objective. So to surrender three will not be nice.”
Sweden, ranked No. 5, has been the U.S. team’s nemesis of types in recent times. The Swedes bounced the People from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games within the quarterfinals, their earliest U.S. Olympic exit ever, by making a defensive stand.
This April, Sweden performed the US to a 1-1 attract Stockholm, which snapped a profitable streak relationship again to January 2019 when the People misplaced to France within the runup to the World Cup. It was the U.S. team’s solely draw this yr.
U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski stated: “It is apparent we put ourselves in an enormous gap, however we’re the one ones who can get ourselves out of it.
“It isn’t going to be straightforward. We have to get optimistic leads to the subsequent two video games, however the reality there’s nonetheless an opportunity [means] I do know this team will not be going to surrender.”
Sweden leads Group G heading into Saturday’s sport towards Australia in Saitama, whereas the US faces New Zealand. The highest two teams within the group advance to the knockout spherical.
“We’ve very courageous gamers and superb leaders,” Gerhardsson stated. “Courageous angle to win the ball and transition so properly. Yeah, I am glad.”
In 2008, the US additionally misplaced its first match (2-Zero to Norway), however went on to win the gold medal.
“I believe finally as an athlete you undergo ups and downs, and this can be a laborious end result, but it surely’s the character of a troublesome match,” U.S. ahead Christen Press stated. “It wasn’t going to be straightforward. We weren’t going to breeze via six video games it doesn’t matter what. So right here we’re.”
Info from The Related Press was used on this report.