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Megan Rapinoe reacts to USWNT’s stunning loss in Olympics to Canada that costs them gold

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When Canada defeated the United States Women’s National Team in the semifinals of the Olympics, it was the first time in 36 straight tries that the Canadiens came out victorious. And for the USWNT, it has left them to pick up the pieces of a shocking defeat.

The USWNT struggled throughout the Olympics, losing once before Monday’s defeat and getting taken to a penalty kick shootout in the quarterfinals before coming out on top. But the loss to Canada was still shocking for a team that was never able to get it clicking in Tokyo.

Megan Rapinoe spoke afterwards and via ESPN, she was just as shocked as everyone else on the USWNT.

“It’s terrible. We just didn’t have it today,” Rapinoe said after the match. “Just too many errors from us again. I felt like the space was there for us to play and we just couldn’t get into it, too many touches or, you know, an errant touch.

“That’s football. They got, I think, one shot on goal, a PK, and from what it sounds like it was a PK. So yeah, it’s a bitter one to swallow. Obviously we never want to lose to Canada. I don’t think I’ve ever lost to Canada.”

Despite the loss in the semifinals, the USWNT will still have a chance to medal in the third place game in Tokyo. It’s something Rapinoe doesn’t want the team to take for granted.

“Obviously there’s still a lot to compete for. That’s what I told the girls and what we talked about in the huddle. It’s not the color we want, but there’s still a medal on the line. That’s a huge thing and we want to win that game, but yeah, this is … this sucks. It sucks.”

While the journey to gold has been crushed, the USWNT can still take home a bronze with a win in their final contest.