Aug 06, 2023
By Kathy Hyde
Another shocker at the Women’s World Cup.
The United States played its best game of the tournament, but it wasn’t good enough to stop the two-time reigning champions from being eliminated.
The Americans’ bid to win an unprecedented third consecutive title ended Sunday on penalty kicks.
Megan Rapinoe, Sophia Smith and Kelley O’Hara all missed penalties that could have given the United States the win.
Instead, Lina Hurtig converted and Sweden knocked the United States out of the World Cup 5-4 after a scoreless draw. Next up for Sweden is a quarterfinal match against Japan.
It is the earliest exit in tournament history for the United States, four-time winners of the World Cup.