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The U. S. Women’s National Soccer team, going for their third World Cup title in a row, put up a dismal performance in the knockout round against Sweden.
Throughout this year’s event, many people were speculating whether this team was good enough to win it all.
They cited many factors about the team, a new coach, and many inexperienced players being the most cited.
But then there were many off-the-field issues, mostly surrounding star Megan Rapinoe.
She has been outspoken about the rights of transgender athletes competing against women and refusing to sing along to the national anthem.
When the team was eliminated from play, much of the blame targeted Rapinoe and her lackluster play.
But that isn’t the worst of it.
The match was scoreless at the end of regulation time and after extra time, meaning the game would be decided on penalty kicks.
The first three players for the U.S., Andi Sullivan, Lindsey Horan, and Kristie Mewis scored.
For Sweden, their first two players, Fridolina Rolfo and Elin Rubensson, scored, and Nathalie Bjorn missed.
If Rapinoe scored a goal, the U.S. would go up 4-2 and have the match locked up, assuming goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher could save one of the two last kicks by the Swedish players.
But Rapinoe kicked the ball high over the goal, and the U.S. lost 5-4.
Afterward, Rapinoe said, “It’s just like a sick joke to miss a penalty.”
This led to a flurry of social media reactions, including former President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump has a few words for the masculine and totally not feminine US women’s soccer team that kneels for the US National Anthem and supports black supremacists in BLM.— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) August 7, 2023
“Nice shot Megan, the USA is going to hell.” @mPinoe #MAGA pic.twitter.com/QGKhLRuHQQ
Nice shot, Megan!— ranman (@ranmansanfran) August 7, 2023
The USNWT can stop on the way home and grab a Bud Light! They deserve it.— Freytag@TeamFunded (@FreytagCoach) August 6, 2023
I’m proud to be an American – & I’m so glad that USNWT lost.— Grizz Ali (@GrizzAliDaddy) August 6, 2023
Women’s World Cup use to be my fav sporting event. These women completely ruined it. My father fled genocide to get to this country.
To the ladies: Go to a 3 world country, & find some gratitude for what you have.
Now that Megan Rapinoe has finished her soccer career in disgrace, can we make a new rule that if you’re going to rep Team USA, you have to actually love the country?— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) August 7, 2023
We give tests for people to be citizens
Why not give a test or run a quick psych eval to rep Team USA?
Pray every day your daughters grow up to be like Riley Gains, not Megan Rapinoe pic.twitter.com/UhT7SSWp03— Vince Langman (@LangmanVince) August 7, 2023
She blew the chance for a third. Can't have a team that can win when the cohesive bond needed between the players is tainted by injecting divisive politics. She's a past tense, "was."— Linda Lee Kenney (@LindaKenney70) August 7, 2023
They got the Title IX and became the ENTITLED IX. Can we field a USNWT with players who actually respect the country they represent now? #GoWokeGoBroke— David Cajiuat (@David_Cajiuat) August 6, 2023
USNWT r a bunch of losers! I never not rooted for a US Team until these gals showed up https://t.co/npW7JtxVUC— Richard Kimble 45 (@Richardkimble45) August 1, 2023
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