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Horan from USWNT: Right mentality without loss

United States Women’s National Team midfield player Lindsey Horan said that 0: 3 defeat against Sweden left the team “pissed off”, adding that “the mentality wasn’t there” to win the game.

The USWNT were widely considered the favorites to win the gold medal in the Olympics as they entered the tournament with an unbeaten streak of 44 games and as World Cup winners.

– Murray: USWNT looked lost, confused in the opener against Sweden
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However, Stina Blackstenius scored in both halves and Lina Hurtig added Sweden’s third after 72 minutes to completely dismantle the team.

“This game pissed us off. That’s the reality. When I look at it, I think Sweden had a great game plan and implemented it very well. They came out and wanted to win,” Horan told a press conference on Friday.

“There are a lot of things that we can look back on and say that we could have done this, we could have done this, but at the end of the day the mentality wasn’t there. I think we all know that, and we know this next game is going to go.

“I think every single player on the field feels like they could have done more or changed certain mistakes they made or certain decisions they made. That applies to each of us.

“I think it’s great that we can now look back on playing against an incredible team like Sweden – one of the best in the world – and taking away every single mistake and decision we made there and on this game and what watch.” we can do more. “

Vlatko Andonovski’s side face New Zealand – who lost 2-1 against Australia – in their second Group G game on Saturday, and he said that’s their focus.

“Of course there were moments in the game [against Sweden] where the team just didn’t look like the team I’ve known for years before I coached. I think we all understand and we all know we don’t have a lot of time to think about it, ”he said.

“We’re already in game mode. We have already prepared our schedule today and are preparing for tomorrow’s game. As bad as the last game was, we don’t have much time to think.” it.

“We have to focus on the next game and win the game.”

There were concerns about that Sam Mewis had sustained an injury early in the second half when she was substituted off, but Andonovski confirmed it was more of a tactical change than an injury.

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