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Tough Olympics for the USWNT after loss to Canada

Soccer

The GIST: The USWNT lost their semifinal match to Canada 1–0, thanks to a penalty kick awarded late in the second half. Heart-wrenching.

August 02, 2021
Source: USWNT/Twitter
Source: USWNT/Twitter

 The match: The USWNT’s offense looked uncharacteristically off. Their first shot on goal didn’t come until well into the second half, with six shots on goal total. On defense, goalie Alyssa Naeher — the quarter-finals hero — left in the first half with a knee injury. 

  • As for the sidelines, we’re still scratching our heads about head coach Vlatko Andonovski’s (way too) late game substitutions. 
  • Christen Press entered the game in the 60th minute while Sam Mewis was on the bench until the 80th. Hmm...   

What’s next: As if today’s suffering wasn’t enough, we’re faced with another 4 a.m. ET kickoff for Thursday’s bronze medal match. The USWNT will take on Australia, who they played to a 0–0 draw in the group stage. Time to bounce back.