The United States women's national team is through to the semifinals at the Olympics after outlasting the Netherlands in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw. Ali Krieger joins Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez on Futbol Americas to reflect on the rematch of the 2019 World Cup final.
0:00 How Alyssa Naeher recovered from a big mistake. 1:38 Vlatko Andonovski's big lineup decisions. 3:00 The comments from Dutch players and coaches ahead of the match. 4:52 What to expect from longtime rival Canada in the semifinals.
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The US Women's National Team survived a dramatic back-and-forth affair against the Netherlands — which included 30 minutes of overtime and penalty kicks — to keep its dream of Olympic gold alive.
But the reigning World Cup champions couldn't have made it that far without the heroics of Lynn Williams, a player whose extremely unorthodox path to Tokyo makes her breakthrough all the more impressive.
The 28-year-old striker earned a surprise start in Friday's quarterfinal and took full advantage of the opportunity. She helped the USWNT come from behind to net the score in the first half with an assist to her podcast partner, superstar midfielder Sam Mewis.
U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher will not play in Thursday's Olympic bronze medal women's soccer match. Naeher exited Monday's semifinal game against Canada with an injury.
In the 22nd minute, Naeher leaped for a ball, bumped into U.S. defender Julie Ertz and landed awkwardly. U.S. Soccer says Naeher "suffered a hyperextension of her right knee and a bone contusion."
She remained on the ground while the team's medical staff attended to her. Naeher played a few more minutes but visibly winced and raised her hand to be substituted out when she next kicked the ball. U.S. goalkeeper Adrianna Franch replaced her for the rest of the game. Canada defeated the U.S. 1-0 to advance to Friday's gold medal match against Sweden.
U.S. Soccer said in a news release that Naeher had an MRI after the game that showed no ligament damage. "I'm disappointed I won't be able to be on the field Thursday with my teammates competing for a medal, but I know this group will bounce back from a tough loss," Naeher said. She's expected to be out for several weeks.
The U.S. team, which is top ranked and is the reigning Women's World Cup champion, will take on Australia for the bronze medal on Thursday at 4 a.m. ET. The teams played to a scoreless draw when they met earlier in the tournament.
Former President Donald Trump is slamming the “woke” US women’s soccer team for failing to win the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics, adding, “everything that is woke goes bad, and our soccer team certainly has.”
“If our soccer team, headed by a radical group of Leftist Maniacs, wasn’t woke, they would have won the Gold Medal instead of the Bronze. Woke means you lose, everything that is woke goes bad, and our soccer team certainly has,” Trump said Thursday in an emailed statement.
“There were, however, a few Patriots standing. Unfortunately, they need more than that respecting our Country and National Anthem. They should replace the wokesters with Patriots and start winning again,” Trump added.
He also singled out Megan Rapinoe, who has been vocal in her criticism of the former president and has taken on social justice initiatives and advocacy.
“The woman with the purple hair played terribly and spends too much time thinking about Radical Left politics and not doing her job!,” he said.
Trump aired his displeasure with the No. 1 ranked US Women’s National Soccer team, which was heavily favored to win a gold medal, after it defeated Australia 4-3 for the bronze medal.
He also took a shot at the team last month after they lost to Sweden 3-0 in the opening contest, saying the loss was an example of “woke politics.”