The U.S. Women's Soccer Team May Be Out of the Olympics, But They're Forever In Our Hearts
Literally all of the love to these badass women.
In a word, the U.S. Olympic Women's soccer team is an absolute dream. We were so sad when they suffered a killer loss on Friday following their game with Sweden because they represent everything good as a diverse group of women, some of whom are queer, some of whom we have major crushes on, all of whom are badass. We already miss them SO MUCH.
They may be done in this Olympics following the 4-3 loss to Sweden at Mané Garrincha Stadium in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 Olympic Games, their first Olympic loss since the Sydney Games in 2000, but they still have our hearts.
Here’s a little reminder of why we love them, and a big ol’ thanks from this queer gal with a soft spot for the team.
1. They lost with grace
In an exclusive interview with AOL, Megan Rapinoe said, "Obviously we're upset that we lost and we're just trying to make lemonade out of it. You know, quite frankly from a bigger perspective, we're Olympians and that's an incredible thing and we want to enjoy it. Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city and we're just trying to take it all in.”
2. And they plan to come back stronger than ever
"At the end of the day,” Kelley O'Hara said in the AOL interview, “you have to take your time to regroup and almost take your time to mourn and get through it. Our team is just great. We will bounce back and it will make us stronger. It's not how you fall, it's how you get back up.”
3. They are seriously so badass
The sport itself is incredible, the women themselves are strong AF, and they are outspoken, brave, and they believe in themselves. It’s badass, and it makes them HUGE role models for us.
You go, girls.
4. They love their fans. It’s really so sweet
\u201cStill struggling for words really. But I want to say thanks to all of you who support our team through good times and bad. It's incredible.\u201d— Heather O'Reilly (@Heather O'Reilly) 1471213384
\u201cwhat an experience. thank you to all the fans for the support. this one stings but I love my country and this team & we will be back\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\u201d— mallory pugh (@mallory pugh) 1471193734
\u201cThank you all. \u2764\ufe0f\ud83d\ude4f\ud83c\udffe\ud83d\ude2d \ud83d\udc36#BestFansInTheWorld #DogsForChristen\u201d— Christen Press (@Christen Press) 1471187281
5. They believe in the beauty of the sport
"I think it's all about perspective, too,” Rapinoe said in the AOL interview. “Of course we pour our whole lives into this, and sacrifice everything, but it's part of the game, it's part of being a professional athlete and it's part of being at the very top. 'O futebol não tem lógica,' as they say here, 'football has no logic.' Probably, 8 or 9 times out of 10, we'd win that game, but that's what so beautiful about it. We'll go from here.”
6. And the fans LOVE them, too
They’re just as sad as we are.
\u201cThe US womens soccer team lost today and now chasing cars is playing on the radio. I am now emotionally unstable.\u201d— Hanna (@Hanna) 1471032474
\u201cWow. We all win together and lose together as a country. Keep up head up ladies! You're still the best! #USAvSWE #USWomensSoccer\u201d— Alexander (@Alexander) 1471028739