KASHIMA, Japan (Aug. 5, 2021) — 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.
Two former Tar Heels helped the U.S. Women’s National Team earn the Olympic medal. Tobin Heath earned her third Olympic medal (Gold: 2008, 2012; Bronze 2020) while Crystal Dunn earled her first Olympic Medal. Dunn is the only player to start all six matches for the USA at the Tokyo Olympics and played all but 16 minutes for the USA over the course of the six games.
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.
Lloyd made history just by taking the field to earn her 312th cap, moving into second place on the all-time appearance list for the USWNT and in international soccer overall, women’s or men’s. That was just the…