Rose Lavelle sees USWNT loss against Sweden as a blessing


The United States women’s national team kicked off the Tokyo Olympics with a shocking 3-0 loss against Sweden, but midfielder Rose Lavelle insists it was a ‘blessing in disguise.’

Since the defeat, the USWNT came back stronger to defeat New Zealand 6-1 and continue their Olympic journey toward the desired gold. During the match, Lavelle opened up the scoring within 10 minutes of the first whistle. 

Rose Lavelle

The US were humbled by Sweden / Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

“I think that first game we knew that one of the things we pride ourselves in [mentality] was very lacking,” Lavelle said at a news conference.

“I think we feel like although the loss obviously sucks, it is a bit of a blessing in disguise to get the loss in early on in the tournament and we know we have no room for error. It’s just bringing that same energy we had against New Zealand and elevating it even more and continuing to build and learn and then get ready for the next.”

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