US women’s soccer team loses to Canada, ending bid for gold medal in Tokyo

US women’s soccer team lost 1 – 0 to eighth-ranked Canada in the Olympics semifinals on Monday, ending its chances at winning a gold medal in Tokyo.

The fatal goal came in the 74th-minute, Jessie Fleming’s penalty kick ended the gold medal run the US women had in a second. This isn’t the first time the US women’s soccer team was close to a gold medal run but were knocked out. “The loss marks the second straight Olympics the U.S. team will not play in the gold medal match. The team was knocked out by Sweden in the quarterfinals during the Rio Games in 2016” (Yahoo! News).

The U.S. women’s soccer team will play on Thursday at 4am for the bronze medal against the team that loses in the Australia versus Sweden semifinal match. As Canada will be playing for their gold meal on Thursday at 10pm against the winner of that very same game. At the moment, everyone has their eyes on Australia versus Sweden as that game will determine the next match for both the bronzes and gold medal this week.

“It’s terrible” Megan Rapinoe said after the game. “We just didn’t have it today.” Rapinoe said the loss to Canada is “a bitter one” but noted “there’s still a lot to compete for… It’s not the color we want, but there’s still a medal on the line. That’s a huge thing and we want to win that game, but yeah… it sucks” (Forbes).



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