U.S. women’s soccer star Alex Morgan expressed her displeasure with the team’s semifinal loss on social media on Tuesday, but she was one of several American players who stated that her goal is to bring home a bronze medal.
“Devastated to say the least not to be competing for a gold medal, but hungry for more and grateful we get to compete for bronze in two days,” Morgan tweeted Tuesday. “Many thanks to everyone for your help!
Eighth. On Monday in Kashima, Japan, Canada defeated the top-ranked Americans 1-0. With the win, Canada advances to the gold medal game. In the final, Canada will face Sweden.
The Americans battle Australia for the bronze medal.
They’ll go into the bronze medal match without the help of starting goalie Alyssa Naeher. Naeher, who saved three penalty kicks in a quarterfinal win over the Netherlands, left in the first half of the Canada game due to a knee injury.
“Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher will not be available for the bronze medal match after suffering a hyperextension of her right knee and a bone contusion in Monday’s semifinal,” U.S. Soccer announced Monday.
Adrianna Franch replaced Naeher in goal Monday and is expected to start against Australia.
Australia and the U.S. women played to a scoreless draw in the group stage of the 2020 Summer Games women’s soccer tournament. The Americans failed to score in three of their previous five games at the tournament.
“Gutted, motivated, together,” U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe wrote Tuesday on Instagram. “We have it all to play for.”
The U.S. women battle Australia at 4 a.m. EDT Thursday on USA.
“Life has knocked me down a few times,” U.S. forward Carli Lloyd wrote Tuesday on social media. “It showed me things I never wanted to see.
“I experienced sadness and failures. But one thing for sure, I always get up. Still not done.”
The United States’ Kelley O’Hara consoles Carli Lloyd as she buries her face in her hands after Canada defeated Team USA in the soccer semifinal match on August 2. Canada defeated the United States 1-0 on a penalty kick. Photo by Mike Theiler