22 Jul Megan Rapinoe on USWNT’s Olympics hopes: It is ‘do or die’
The U.S. girls’s soccer team’s Olympics hopes have reached “do-or-die mode” following its stunning 3-Zero loss to Sweden in its opening match, Megan Rapinoe has mentioned.
USWNT’s defeat Wednesday broke a 44-match unbeaten streak, however the world’s top-ranked team can nonetheless make it to the knockout spherical and a medal match. On the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the US fell 2-Zero to Norway within the first match earlier than going on to win gold.
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On the opening defeat to Sweden, Rapinoe mentioned: “I believe we simply received just a little bit in our head.
“We’ll clearly watch movie and all that, however you drop factors to start with of a event and now you are in kind of a do-or-die mode. So you have to decide up factors, in any other case we’re going dwelling fast, and you do not wish to try this.”
Ahead Christen Press mentioned: “We have had a protracted string of wins, and I believe we have not had numerous video games the place we needed to come again.
“I believe it was truly actually good to have this match. In 2008, we misplaced our first match and the team received gold. So I believe now we’re seeing this as a studying alternative. And the message is already ‘Heads up, put it behind us, subsequent sport.’ There isn’t any time in a event like this to dwell.”
It was the primary loss for the US since January 2019, when the team fell to France 3-1 in a pleasant. The U.S. went on to win the World Cup that summer time.
The People are vying for his or her fifth general gold medal, greater than every other nation, in a sport that first appeared within the 1996 Olympics. They’re aiming to be the primary girls’s team to win an Olympic title following a World Cup.
America did not medal on the Rio de Janeiro Video games after it was ousted within the quarterfinals by Sweden. And the Swedes drew 1-1 with the People in April, the team’s solely non-victory this 12 months.
America strikes on to Saitama, the place it’s going to play New Zealand on Saturday because the group stage continues.
Defender Tierna Davidson mentioned Thursday that veteran Kelley O’Hara was rallying the squad forward of Saturday’s match.
“She was like: ‘We do not have a alternative. We have now to return out the following sport and now we have to be completely ruthless.'” Davidson mentioned. “So I believe that is what everybody has on their thoughts proper now.”