The U.S. women’s national team may be down, but they’re decidedly not out.
The team will not be playing for the gold medal after losing to Canada 1-0 in Monday’s semifinal match, but there is still a bronze medal on the line.
“Any medal is really special and I think we can’t lose sight of that,” said Megan Rapinoe following the USWNT’s semifinal defeat.
Adrianna Franch echoed Rapinoe’s sentiments in a pre-game press conference ahead of Thursday’s match against Australia, stating, “The bronze is just as important, because it’s what we have to fight for.”
Coach Vlatko Andonovski emphasized that the team’s quest for gold “will never change,” adding, “Just because it didn’t happen doesn’t mean it stops there. We go into every game to win it.”
After a string of underwhelming performances, Andonovski says, the team doesn’t “have anything to lose” and that the squad actually has a lot to win going into the bronze-medal match.
“At the end of the day, it’s a medal at the Olympics. We’re going to do anything possible,” said Andonovski.
The USWNT will face off against Australia for the bronze medal on Thursday, airing at 4 am E.T. on the USA Network.