KASHIMA, Japan (AP) — Carli Lloyd, clutch in so many important moments for the U.S. girls’s soccer workforce, failed to attach towards Canada on Monday evening and the Individuals received’t play for a fifth Olympic gold medal.
Lloyd’s look within the 86th minute with america trailing by a aim hit the crossbar as Canada received 1-0 and dropped the Individuals into the bronze medal match. It’s the second straight Olympics that the U.S. failed to succeed in the gold medal recreation.
The Individuals had been bounced from the 2016 Rio Video games by Sweden within the quarterfinals.
As Canada celebrated wildly at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Lloyd knelt to the turf together with her head in her arms.
“That wasn’t ok,” mentioned Lloyd, the oldest participant on the U.S. workforce at 39 and enjoying in what was possible her final main match with the nationwide workforce.
The U.S. misplaced beginning goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher when she got here down awkwardly after going up for the ball across the twentieth minute. Trainers attended to her for some 5 minutes as backup Adrianna Franch warmed up on the sideline.
Naeher tried to remain within the recreation, however was changed by Franch within the thirtieth minute.
Canada pounced within the 74th minute on Jessie Fleming’s penalty kick, which gave Canada its first win towards america since 2001.
Fleming booted her PK previous a diving Franch and took off towards the sideline, sliding on her knees earlier than teammates swarmed round her.
The U.S. will play for the bronze on Thursday in Kashima towards Australia.
Canada will play for the gold Friday at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium towards Sweden, which downed the Australians 1-0 in Yokohama.
Canada options Quinn, a midfielder who will change into the primary brazenly transgender athlete to win an Olympic medal.
Quinn received bronze in 2016 earlier than popping out as transgender.
It’s the second straight Olympics that the Individuals, the two-time defending World Cup champions, is not going to play for the gold medal. The workforce was uncharacteristically uneven in Japan, beginning with a 3-0 loss to Sweden that snapped a 44-game unbeaten streak.
The Individuals bounced again to beat New Zealand however then got here a scoreless draw with Australia within the group stage. A 4-2 penalty shootout towards the Netherlands on Friday superior the U.S. to the semifinals.
The lack of goalkeeper Naeher clearly harm the U.S. She was key to the victory over the Dutch within the quarterfinals, with a penalty save throughout regulation and two extra within the deciding shootout. After the semifinal loss, she was on crutches.
The earlier time the U.S. performed neighbor Canada within the Olympics was 2012 in a controversial semifinal match that went to time beyond regulation. Canadian star Christine Sinclair scored three targets, however america received it 4-3 on Alex Morgan’s header within the 123rd minute.
The controversy stemmed from questionable calls, together with a uncommon six-second violation towards Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod late in regulation. That touched off the sequence that resulted within the tying aim.
“For these of us that had been a part of the 2012 workforce, it’s good to get slightly revenge in an Olympic semifinal,” Sinclair mentioned.
After her celebrating teammates had began to depart the sector, Sinclair laid down on the sector in aid.
“I used to be simply sitting there pondering how proud I’m of this workforce,” she mentioned. “It’s a really distinctive group. It’s a particular group and I’m so proud to be part of it.”
The Canadians have received the bronze medal up to now two Olympics.
“I feel that is my first loss ever to Canada,” Megan Rapinoe mentioned. “It sucks not to have the ability to compete for a gold medal, which is what we wished. Not an awesome efficiency, both. That’s probably the most irritating factor.”
U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski has been artistic along with his lineups all through the match. On Monday, Lynn Williams, initially an alternate, began her second straight recreation. Lloyd, Rapinoe and Samantha Mewis had been on the bench to begin.
Lloyd really had two makes an attempt towards Canada. She fired off a shot within the sixty fifth minute that compelled Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe to leap to push it over the crossbar. A short while later, Labbe stopped Julie Ertz’s header off a nook from Rapinoe as america elevated the strain.
“Positively had a little bit of a momentum shift there within the second half, and got here on sturdy,” Labbe mentioned. “I feel for us it was about staying tight defensively and that’s one thing we’ve completed all match.”
Fridolina Rolfo scored within the forty sixth minute for Sweden in its victory over Australia. The Swedes additionally went to the ultimate within the 2016 Olympics, however fell to Germany and took residence the silver.
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