Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The U.S. women’s soccer team lost to Canada, ending their chance to win the gold.
On Monday, the U.S. women’s soccer team was defeated by Canada’s team for the first time in 20 years. Their loss ended their chance at winning the gold medal at the Olympics.
Canada defeats the USWNT for the first time since 2001 to reach the women's soccer gold medal game. pic.twitter.com/EudG9Hz7Yb
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Considering the fact that Team USA ranked number one in the world, they were expected to take the gold home. However, the Canadian team crushed their hopes by defeating them with 1-0 in the semi-finals. The single goal was scored by Canada’s Jessie Fleming in the second half of the game, as noted by The Daily Wire.
As per The Washington Post, Canada defender Kadeisha Buchanan, an eight-year veteran of the national team, commented:
“I’m still in shock! This is my first win, ever, against the USA after playing them how many times? And what a perfect time to win against them.”
Moments before the beginning of the game, all 22 U.S. players took a knee in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics were permitted to protest at the start of the events. Other soccer teams also knelt before the kickoff of their Olympic openers.
MORE CONTEXT: Photo taken of the U.S. women’s team kneeling in black lives matter jackets during the national anthem right before the olympic soccer game; they lost 3-0 to Sweden. pic.twitter.com/11tVF52Ydx
— Shaun Kraisman (@ShaunKraisman) July 21, 2021
Yahoo Sports reported:
“The demonstrations were pre-planned, as they have been before various international soccer matches for over a year now as collective statements against racism and other forms of discrimination.”