The United States women's national team beat Australia 4-3 to win the Olympic bronze-medal match Thursday, with Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd both scoring braces.
It was a record-breaking evening for Lloyd, who became the USWNT's top scorer in Olympics history with 10 goals and its second-most-capped player of all time, after Kristine Lilly, with 312 appearances.
Sam Kerr also became the Matildas' all-time top scorer with her first-half strike, while Caitlin Foord added a second for Australia.
Emily Gielnik scored in the final moments of the game to set up a tense finish.
The seven-goal thriller was a marked difference to the group-stage game between the two, which ended 0-0.
Rapinoe -- who said during the week she was "gutted" not to be competing for the gold medal -- opened the scoring after eight minutes with an Olimpico goal.
Kerr pulled one back to bring the game level on 17 minutes. Foord found the Chelsea star in plenty of space, and while USWNT goalkeeper Adrianna Franch did get a touch on the ball, it wasn't enough as it slid under her and into the goal.
Megan Rapinoe kicked up another round of controversy at the Tokyo Olympics — and now a group of Subway franchisees are pressuring the fast-food giant to give her the boot.
The 36-year-old, purple-haired soccer star — who kneeled during the National Anthem to kick off the Tokyo Olympics before leading the United States to a bronze medal this week — began a stint as a pitchwoman for the fast-food giant this spring.
In one spot, Rapinoe — who has been a vocal proponent of equal rights and equal pay for women — knocks a burrito out of a guy’s hands by kicking a soccer ball at him.
The response has been mixed, according to franchisees. Late last month on a discussion forum hosted by the North American Association of Subway Franchisees, a Wisconsin store operator posted a picture of a hand-scrawled note from an irate customer taped to the front door of his shop.
Subway doesn’t own any of its nearly 22,000 locations, but it charges franchisees 4.5 percent of their revenue for a national advertising fund and controls how the money is spent. Now, many store operators — particularly those in red states — say they’re facing a harsh backlash from the parent company’s decisions.
Last week, reps from the NAASF told members the group had already taken grievances over the Rapinoe ads to the company’s top management, led by Chief Executive John Chidsey.
“Your NAASF Board has already communicated with [Subway] leadership the concerns voiced by NAASF membership,” the group’s executive director, Illya Berecz, told franchisees, according to a letter obtained by The Post.
Star forward Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on Friday hit back at former President Donald Trump for his vicious attack on the American athletes for being “woke” and winning a bronze medal at the Olympics instead of gold.
Rapinoe appeared more disappointed in Trump than angry at him.
“It’s a real sad dig into an old bag,” the athlete told Nexstar Media Wire reporter Jack Doles of Trump’s attack on Thursday. “I’m just like, ‘You’re rooting for people to do bad?’ Yikes.”
The “bad” comment was evidently a reference to Trump’s criticism that the women on the team are “woke” — politically enlightened — and that he therefore expected, and apparently hoped, they would perform poorly.
Trump called the American players both “woke” and “bad,” and said they should be replaced by “patriots.”
“Woke means you lose, everything that is woke goes bad, and our soccer team certainly has,” Trump said in a statement that was posted by paid aide Liz Harrington on Twitter, which is failing to enforce its lifetime “ban” on the former president.
“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,” he claimed.
Trump singled out Rapinoe, whom he called “the woman with the purple hair [who] played terribly and spends too much time thinking about Radical Left politics and not doing her job!”