TOKYO – Instead of getting revenge for their ouster at the Rio Olympics, the got embarrassed.
The reigning World Cup champions were completely outclassed by old foe Sweden in their opener at the on Wednesday, a 3-0 loss that, frankly, could have been a heck of a lot worse. The Americans were outplayed, out of sync and, in the few opportunities they did have, off target.
It was their worst showing at a major international tournament since a 4-0 loss to Brazil in the semifinals of the 2007 World Cup. It was their first loss since January 2019 – ending a 44-match unbeaten streak.
The only positive is that, unlike the loss to Sweden in 2016, this was not a knockout game, and the top two finishers in each group