Can the USWNT still win a medal at Rio Olympics?


The USWNT was upset by Sweden on Friday in the 2016 Rio Olympics women’s soccer competition, but can they still win a medal?

Saying that the USWNT were the favorites in the Rio Olympics women’s soccer competition wouldn’t do their dominance justice. After winning the last Women’s World Cup, the United States have been streaking. They have seemed virtually untouchable, even in moments of vulnerability. That feeling persisted even through a draw with Colombia at Rio 2016. However, that feeling no longer remains after Friday.

The USWNT took on Sweden in a matchup between two quality squads on Friday. Sweden got on the board first, but it still felt like the United States were in it. With the winner moving to the semifinals of the tournament, Alex Morgan finally came up with the equalizer. That sent the match into extra time where the two side both had chances. However, the best efforts for both squads were disallowed by the side judge.

In the end, it was still 1-1 after extra time and moved into match-deciding penalties. Morgan, who hit the equalizer, was the first up in penalties for the USWNT. However, the sure-footed striker delivered a lackluster effort that was saved. Playing from behind, Hope Solo made a great save to even things up. But Christen Press’ shank over the crossbar opened the door for Sweden once more. This time, they didn’t falter as they hit their final penalty to defeat the United States.

Next: 50 greatest Summer Olympians in history.

If you’re unfamiliar with the format of Olympics women’s soccer, you’re not alone. Those unfamiliar with the format may be asking what’s next. Specifically, fans may be wondering if the USWNT can still win a medal in Rio.

Unfortunately, the USWNT will not be getting a medal. Had they beat Sweden, they would have at least had a chance at bronze. Instead, they are out of the 2016 Olympics for good. This loss to Sweden was historic in all the wrong ways.