Megan Rapinoe Explains What Went Mistaken For USWNT At Olympics

The US girls’s nationwide soccer staff didn’t carry out as marketed in Tokyo.

The People struggled out of the gate, dropping their Olympic opener to Sweden in reasonably beautiful trend. The U.S. nonetheless managed to succeed in the semifinal stage, however its pursuit of a gold medal got here to an finish Monday with a 1-0 loss to Canada. It marked the People’ first loss to their North American neighbor in 20 years.

So, what went flawed for the U.S. on the Video games? Longtime staff chief Megan Rapinoe put it in rather blunt terms after the loss to Canada.

“If I might simply say one thing, I simply assume the gamers have loads to have a look at ourselves about,” Rapinoe instructed reporters, per ESPN. ” It’s not like, ‘Oh, we didn’t play higher,’ and getting on one another, however we have to carry out higher, interval. We don’t have juice as a result of the ball’s banging off our shins and we’re not discovering open passes and doing the easy issues.”

“We are able to deep-dive into analyzing, and I do know we’ll, however on the finish of the day, there’s all of the preparation you are able to do and all of the ways, after which there’s all the things else, and that’s what we had been lacking. You possibly can’t put a reputation on the ‘all the things else,’ but it surely’s simply getting it finished from gamers, from all of us.”

Rapinoe and Co. may not go away Tokyo empty-handed. They’ll battle Australia on Thursday within the bronze-medal match.

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