USA Women domination ends

USA Women domination ends

USA Women failed to defend their title in the World Cup, as they were defeated by Sweden Women due to penalty kicks, ending their title hopes. Before that match, USA are actually on their way to make history. They could have been the first team, both from men’s and women’s to win the title thrice in a row. It is just unfortunate that they failed to be as dominating as they were, going home earlier than what is expected of them. Expectations are high for USA, considering how dominating they are during the past editions. Although USA no longer need to prove anything, it could have been sweeter for them to be one of the most historic squads. Nonetheless, this elimination for the defending champions is surely a heartbreak for them, and for the fans.

USA Women cannot defend title

USA Women
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The result of their knockout stage match against Sweden is an unexpected one, considering how they dominating they are. However, they went against a team who seems to be more eager than them to advance to the next round. It was a goalless draw, which brings them to penalty shooting, that they were not able to win. This is already their worst exit in the World Cup, but it was their unfortune that brings them in that situation. USA had their chances, but missed those chances, making them lose that match. In fact, Sophia Smith, Megan Rapinoe, and Kelley O’Hara all missed their chances, which could have made them win here.

Many believes that the overconfidence of USA leads them to their early exit. Nonetheless, USA’s records alone will prove how they are dangerous as a team, and will surely comeback stronger. Although changes must be made considering their underwhelming campaign, USA’s experience will still be their biggest advantage. USA will look this early exit as a learning experience for them to improve for the next editions of the World Cup. As for Sweden, they proved that they are a team who cannot be intimidated by stronger teams. They were impressive as they did not just defeat the defending champions, but a historic team as well. Now, Sweden will make the world see how they were able to beat a powerhouse team.

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