The U.S. Women’s Soccer team will not be bringing home the gold this year. The three-time defending Olympic Champions suffered a defeat against Sweden on Friday. For the first time since the 1996 Olympic games, the U.S. WNT has failed to reach the gold medal match.
Their record is now 16-0-3 in 2016, scoring 58 goals and allowing just seven.
It is now time for the team to put this painful loss behind them and move on.
Now that they’re done with the Olympics, the team can rest and prepare for their upcoming friendly exhibitions and for the qualifying of the 2019 FIFA World Cup tournament.
Head Coach Jill Ellis will certainly need to make adjustments in order to improve the team’s chemistry. By the time the 2019 World Cup qualifying arrives, the U.S. WNT will hopefully be a redesigned team. We can expect Ellis to add some prospects from the youth teams over the next three years. Having young talents learning from veterans will certainly benefit the team’s future.
Alex Morgan, who scored her 69th career goal is now ranked eighth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list and she’s drawing near Cindy Parlow, who has 75. Morgan also now has six Olympic goals, which makes her third on the USA’s all-time Olympic scoring list behind Carli Lloyd (8) and Abby Wambach (10).
The U.S. will return to action on September 15,when they on Thailand in Colombus. A few days later on September 18, they’ll take on the Netherlands in Atlanta.
The time to focus on the future is now for Team USA.