The U.S. women’s football team was distracted by Sweden on Wednesday in its Olympic opening match, the same opponent knocked out of the 2016 Rio Games.
Sweden beat the Americans 3-0 in a disastrous start to the World Cup. The team has not lost a game since January 2019, but an empty stadium on Wednesday broke the unbeaten streak of 44 games.
Stina Blacksteinius scored one goal for Sweden in each half, one in the 25th minute and another in the 54th. Lina Hardik circled the game with the final goal in the 72nd minute and sealed the victory for the Swedes.
Prior to the review, U.S. Defender Becky Charbron He said the loss to Sweden on Tuesday was “one of the worst results the senior national team has ever had in a big match”.
“I know how disappointed we all were from playing that game,” he said. “For me it kindled a fire.”
After Wednesday night’s game, Sourbrown said he hopes the team can bring home the gold.
“Tonight is a bad night, so we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “But I’m confident we can do it.”
The United States came to the Tokyo Games hoping to be the first women’s team to win Olympic gold after winning the trophy. Wednesday’s loss makes it even harder.
The United States is scheduled to play in New Zealand on Saturday.