The USWNT has one last ride in the bronze medal match against the Australian Women’s National Team 4-3. Is this the dawn of a new era for United States Women’s Soccer?
The US Women’s National Team closed out with one of their lowest performances on the Olympic stage in history. Only 2016 would upstage this year’s performance as it relates to a questionable performance, with the women placing fifth overall.
We clutch our pearls, chatter our teeth and wonder if this is the end for the dynastic women’s program that is the USWNT. They close out with Bronze, but it is a ways away from what we’re used to when it comes to the performance that we usually see from the USWNT. Does this mean they’re on a downward slope?
The USWNT is a period of transition, growth and rebuilding, but not a omen for a downward spiral
With the close of the final, we’re met with questionable eyes. Are they too old? Are they too slow? What was the reason why they aren’t the USWNT we all know and love? But we shouldn’t look too deep into that, ESPN reports that although they are the oldest team in the tournament, this isn’t new to them.
It may be jarring to see them on the podium, receiving a medal that isn’t gold. But it doesn’t take away from the historic performance that these women have done since they’ve come on the scene in the late 1980s.
Does it mean the women aren’t themselves? Maybe. But it doesn’t mean they’re not still one of the best teams in the world.