Aug 13, 2016 07:56 AM EDT
For the first time in U.S. women's soccer team's notable history, the team has failed to advance to the semifinals at an Olympics Games.
The U.S. women's soccer team, who is a four-time Olympic gold medalists, were defeated by Sweden 4-3 on penalty kicks, following a 1-1 draw at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia on Friday.
The high ranked United States team had gotten past the quarterfinals in seven World Cups and earned silver in five previous Olympics Games. But, during this 2016 Summer Olympics, Sweden, headed by former United States coach Pia Sundhage, proved more powerful in the tiebreaker to hold a semifinal spot against Australia or Brazil on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro, according to The Washington Post.
The team captain Carli Lloyd, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, stated that it's unfortunate, in spite of the fact that they had the talent and they were playing well. But, that's the way a soccer tournament goes sometimes.
However, Hope Solo, the controversial United States goalkeeper, executed soccer's version of blocking the kicker at the end of Friday's penalty shootout against Sweden. As Lisa Dahlkvist, the Swedish midfielder, stepped up to try to hand the Swedes a quarterfinal victory.
Then, Solo waved to the referee, stepped to one side, and began to remove her gloves. An American assistant sprinted around to the side of the goal with a new pair. While Dahlkvist stood, she was smiling, waiting - and then the Swedish professional football midfielder scored, based on the report of USA Today.
On the other hand, coach Sundhage might know the American women's soccer team better than anyone except current coach Jill Ellis, led the U.S. squad to Olympics Games victory in 2008 and 2012 before she returned to her homeland.
In spite the turnover in the U.S. team's personnel, core members of the squad remain, such as Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, and Solo.
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