The United States females’s soccer team’s dream of regaining their Olympic crown ended with a 1-0 defeat by Canada within the semi-finals on Monday, leaving veteran Megan Rapinoe admitting the competition had been a “fight”.
The US came into the tournament as world champions and heavy favourites nonetheless they started badly with a 3-0 loss to Sweden, and bowed out after failing to assemble a shot on target for the hole hour against the Canadians.
“It sucks. Clearly, you by no means want to lose, you by no means want to lose in a world championship, you by no means want to lose to Canada, clearly, and you by no means want to lose playing the way we did,” Rapinoe advised reporters.
Apart from a 6-1 hammering of New Zealand within the group stage, the Americans by no means got discontinuance to the phases they have proven in latest years and they wished a penalty shootout pick over the Netherlands to reach the last four.
“We have to designate at ourselves and wish to invent better, duration. We don’t have the juice because the ball is banging off our shins, and we’re now no longer finding start passes, now no longer doing the uncomplicated issues,” Rapinoe said, after the first loss to their northern neighbours in over 20 years.
“We can deep dive into analysing, nonetheless there’s all the preparation and analysing you can enact and all the tactics and then there’s all the issues else,” she added.
“Football always wishes joy, when the game is really played at its most effective, you have it. I think cherish we haven’t been able to enact that.
“Every part has been a small bit of a fight, passes off here and there. I am hoping we procure it, I really cherish playing with a grand smile on my face, I assume all individuals else does as well.”
Now the US are left with a bronze medal game against Australia as their handiest chance of consolation.
“We clearly had goals of profitable a gold medal, nonetheless any medal is really special, we can’t lose leer of that. Especially pondering about the year all individuals has been via, with what or now no longer it is taken to be here, what it takes to play on the females’s national team,” Rapinoe said.