The USWNT has secured their spot in the knockout rounds of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, but they haven’t exactly lived up to expectations as the dominant force in the tournament.
While they comfortably won 3-0 against Vietnam, their second group stage game ended in a tense 1-1 draw against the Netherlands. This draw meant that they needed a positive result against Portugal to progress. Fortunately, they managed to achieve a scoreless draw against Portugal, securing their place in the next round.
However, given the team’s talent and capabilities, both fans and analysts were disappointed by their performance, expecting a more impressive display. This disappointment was further fueled by the team’s actions after the game, as some players were seen dancing and signing autographs.
Rob Stone and Carli Lloyd from Fox Sports expressed their dissatisfaction with the team’s conduct, with Lloyd stating, “I have never witnessed something like that. There’s a difference between being respectful of the fans and saying hello to your family, but to be dancing, to be smiling…you’re lucky to not be going home right now.”
Carli Lloyd is really not happy with Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn dancing.
Rob Stone was really NOT happy with #USWNT dancing and signing autographs with the fans.
— Andrew Jones (@TWDTV1) August 1, 2023
Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Crystal Dunn were among the players seen celebrating after the final whistle. As the USWNT awaits the finalization of the round of 16 matchups, it is clear that significant changes will need to be made if they want to secure a third consecutive World Cup victory.
Winning the tournament will require the team to elevate their performance and rectify any shortcomings to dominate the competition.
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