The U.S. women’s soccer team opened the Olympics in disastrous fashion, losing 3-0 to longtime rival Sweden. It was the program’s worst defeat at a major tournament since 2007, and manager Vlatko Andonovski’s first loss since taking the helm in October 2019.
And it was no fluke. It was an honest-to-goodness beating.
For all the talk of the U.S. being the tournament’s heavy favorite, Sweden was on the front foot from the start and rarely let up. They outshot the Americans by 16-13 in the game, including by 10-3 in the first half. An American team loaded with past medals but also the oldest squad in this tournament looked the latter part more than the former.
“Of course, that is not something we expected. We don’t expect to lose to begin with, especially not 3-0,” Andonovski told reporters in Tokyo. “There are some things we didn’t do well