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BRASILIA, Brazil -- There will be no fourth straight gold medal for the United States. Atlanta Braves Jersey .The hopes of becoming the first team to win the Olympics following a World Cup are also dashed.Instead, the favored U.S. womens soccer team heads home from Brazil without an Olympic medal for the first time.Alex Morgans eyes were red from tears following a quarterfinal loss to Sweden, which won 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw on Friday. And goalkeeper Hope Solo was seething over Swedens tactics, calling the team a bunch of cowards.I was really optimistic. I didnt even anticipate it going into penalties, said Morgan, who scored the lone goal for the Americans but missed in the shootout. But it just wasnt our day.Sweden heads into a semifinal match against host Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. Canada, the bronze medalists from London in 2012, will play Germany in Belo Horizonte.The Germans defeated China 1-0 in Salvador, while the Canadians upset France 1-0 in Sao Paulo. The night was capped by Brazils 7-6 penalty shootout win after a scoreless draw against Australia in Belo Horizonte.But there was no bigger upset -- in a long time -- than the U.S. loss to Sweden.Solo, who had already been taunted mercilessly by the Brazilian fans over social media posts about the Zika virus, caused another stir in the aftermath of the loss by criticizing Swedens defensive stand against the top-ranked Americans.I think we showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. Im very proud of this team, said Solo, considered one of the best goalkeepers ever in the womens game. I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly and firmly believe that.Asked to clarify, she said: Sweden dropped off. They didnt want to open play, Solo said. They didnt want to pass the ball. They didnt want to play great soccer.Sweden coach Pia Sundhage, who coached the U.S. for five years and led the team to gold medals at both the Beijing and London Olympics, quipped: Its OK to be a coward if you win.Later, Solo went to Twitter with a mea culpa of sorts: Losing sucks. Im really bad at it.It was the first Olympic womens match ever to go to penalties. The sport joined the Olympics at the 1996 Atlanta Games, with the U.S. winning the first gold medal. Only Norway has been able to stop the U.S. string of golds, winning at the 2000 Sydney Games. The Americans won the silver that year.Tied after three rounds in the shootout of Fridays match, Sweden captain Caroline Seger shot past Solo. U.S. forward Christen Press attempt then went over Hedvig Lindahls net. And with the next kick, Lisa Dahlkvist beat an outstretched Solo for the win.The game is the game, so I think tactically thats the coachs prerogative, the coachs choice, U.S. coach Jill Ellis said about Swedens defensive approach. They look at their personnel and they determine a game plan based on that. And I think to take us to penalty kicks is probably a good strategy, because then it becomes a crapshoot, right?Can I criticize or knock someone for their tactics? No, thats their choice.Sweden had won outright in only five prior matches against the United States. At last years World Cup, the two teams played to a scoreless draw. The last time the two teams met in the Olympics was at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Sundhage was a player on the Sweden team that fell 2-1 to the Americans.The United States returns home now with two friendly matches set for September, the first against Thailand in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 15, followed by a meeting with the Netherlands in Atlanta on Sept. 18.After Fridays match, a reporter asked Morgan how big a failure the loss was.A big one, Morgan bluntly replied before quietly walking away. Jhoulys Chacin Braves Jersey . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. Dale Murphy Braves Jersey . Booth picked up 65 caps after making her national team debut in 2002 at the age of 17. She most recently played for Sky Blue FC of the National Womens Soccer League. 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If it wasnt, we couldnt have won in such convincing fashion, Bopanna rebutted when asked about the duos on-court camaraderie.With this win, India has made the World Group playoffs and rendered Sundays reverse singles inconsequential.For Seong-Chan Hong and Hong Chung, more than anything else, the rubber was a sound lesson in grass court tennis. Ranked 427 and 655 respectively, the duo fell to the mastery of Paes staggering timing at the net and Bopannas near-impeccable serve 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.With Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni giving India a 2-0 lead at the end of the first day, one that was marred by spasms and forfeits, India wrapping up the tie with a day to spare was a foregone conclusion. Though India made the World Group play off last year with a win over New Zealand in Christchurch, they were battered 1-3 by the Czechs in the World Group playoff tie in New Delhi in September to slip back into the Asia/Oceania group.Conceding that the surface wasnt the sole villain, the Koreans paid tribute to the seasoned Indian duo, Its tough to say whether playing India on hard court would have changed the outcome, said Chung, Paes and Bopanna are amazing players and its been a great experience for us to play against them.Between them, Bopanna and Paes have a combined age of 79, but it was enough too dismantle the Koreans effortlessly. Michael Bourn Jersey. Playing their only match together before heading for the Olympics in a fortnights time, Paes and Bopanna, only know too well that pitted against the worlds best doubles pairs in Rio, theres little room for hurt egos and bruised spirits. With 14 of his 18 Grand Slam titles coming in his 30s and 40s, Paes, flitting about like floating paper with an ageless pair of legs, anticipating returns, put away winners at will. Though the first couple of games went with serve, a jaded Hong, who had to be helped off the court during his singles rubber against Ramkumar Ramanathan on Friday, was slow, particularly at the net.The Indian duo rung in the first break in the eighth game with Paes, positioned in near-squat at the net, placing in a delicate volley and Bopanna following it up with an ace to wrap up the first set.The left-right combination is always tricky. The left-hander (Chung) was very crafty. He got some good angles and also a decent double handed backhand. Hong though was a bit slow. If needed, we had quite a few gears left to go up. Friday was tough on the players. It turned into a dog fight. After a point it wasnt even about tennis anymore, reflected Paes.As the Koreans fell behind to the Indians superior stroke play, scampering, scrambling and lunging at lost causes, it wasnt before long that Paes was serving for the tie with Hongs return ballooning wide and another one finding the net in its way before the 43-year-old Indian warhorse crafted the winner and brought on the music. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '