An emotional Megan Rapinoe paid tribute to Carli Lloyd as she tried to course of USA’s shock Olympic defeat within the semi-final to Canada.
The world champions suffered heartbreak once more on the Video games as they missed out on the possibility to struggle for a gold medal.
In 2016, they crashed out on the quarter-final stage to Sweden and obtained one step nearer in Tokyo earlier than being crushed by Canada.
They are going to nonetheless struggle for the bronze medal, however it isn’t the color the staff needed, or anticipated, to come back away with.
“We couldn’t determine it out anyplace on the sphere,” Rapinoe, 36, advised NBC afterwards. “This was not considered one of our higher performances.”
She consoled 39-year-old Carli Lloyd after the sport and obtained a little bit choked up when requested how they each felt on the closing whistle in what may very well be the final Olympics for each.
“We’ve been on this a very long time collectively,” she mentioned as her veteran teammate was seen doing sprints within the background.
“We’re each nearer to the tip than the start and we’ve each shared moments on the sphere, not that many unhappy moments, however just a few.
“It’s robust. She’s one of many best gamers to tug this jersey on.
“Who is aware of, it may not be her final Olympics, however it most likely is.
“We wish to ship everyone out on the happiest be aware and we weren’t in a position to try this right now.”
Jessie Fleming scored the winner from the penalty spot for Canada to present them their first win over USA for 20 years.
The Canucks will go on to face both Australia or Sweden in Friday’s gold medal match.
USA will face the loser of that recreation for a bronze medal.
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