The U.S. Women’s National Team won the bronze medal at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a 4-3 win against Australia behind by braces from veteran forwards Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd.
After a disappointing loss in the semifinals, the USA came roaring back in the bronze medal match, taking it to Australia from the get-go in an impressive offensive performance that will go down as the highest-scoring medal match — gold or bronze — in Olympic women’s soccer history. It was the USWNT’s sixth Olympic medal overall, the most of any country. The USA has now won all four third-place games it has played at world championship events, three at the FIFA Women’s World Cup (1995, 2003 and 2007) and today at the Olympics.
Three New Englanders — goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (Stratford, Conn.) and midfielders Samantha Mewis and Kristie Mewis (both Hanson, Mass.) — earned bronze as part of the USWNT.