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The United States Soccer Women's National Team suffered a surprising loss on Monday against Canada, knocking them from the Olympic final.
After more than 70 goalless minutes, Canada snagged a 1-0 win thanks to a penalty.
The USWNT was hoping to clinch the Olympic gold as a follow-up to their 2019 Women's World Cup victory — something that's never been done before. However, after the loss, the USWNT will be forced to compete for bronze.
“Honestly, if you’ve seen their games throughout the course of this tournament … you could see that maybe some things weren’t clicking the way that sometimes they do with the U.S.,” Christine Sinclair, captain of the Canadian team, said.
The USWNT has made headlines over the past few years for their political demonstrations and outspoken members, most notably captain Megan Rapinoe, who has become famous for her social activism.
Conservatives seized on the loss to mock the team for their previous political demonstrations, including kneeling during the U.S. National Anthem.
The USWNT preemptively refused an invitation to the White House after their 2019 Women's World Cup victory. They have also publicly feuded with former President Donald Trump.
Rapinoe has made equal pay a cornerstone of her public activism. She has spoken extensively about the gap in salary between male and female professional athletes and has attributed the much smaller pay for women in sports to misogyny.
"You know, still a lot to compete for, that's what I told the girls," Rapinoe said. "We talked about it in the huddle. It's not the color we want, but there's still a medal on the line, so that's a huge thing, and we want to win that game."
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