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U.S. women's soccer ousted from Olympics with PK loss to Sweden

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U.S. women's soccer ousted from Olympics with PK loss to Sweden

BRASILIA, Brazil -- Taunted by local fans since the Olympics began and stinging from a surprising loss, Hope Solo called Sweden a "bunch of cowards."

The U.S. goalkeeper criticized the Swedes for the way they played Friday in beating the Americans in a penalty shootout -- a result that means the world's top-ranked team will miss out on a medal in women's soccer for the first time.

"I thought we played a courageous game," Solo said. "I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly and firmly believe that."

The Swedes beat the U.S. 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals. They will next face either Australia or host Brazil.

"It's OK to be a coward if you win," responded Sweden coach Pia Sundhage, the same woman who coached the United States to back-to-back Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.

A few hours after the match, Solo posted on Twitter and seemed to feel some remorse, but she stopped short of apologizing.

"Losing sucks," Solo tweeted. "I'm really bad at it."

Tied after three rounds in the shootout, Sweden captain Caroline Seger shot past Solo. U.S. forward Christen Press' attempt then went over Hedvig Lindahl's net. And with the next kick, Lisa Dahlkvist beat an outstretched Solo for the win.

"Sweden dropped off. They didn't want to open play," Solo said, explaining why she criticized her opponents. "They didn't want to pass the ball. They didn't want to play great soccer."

Sundhage knows the U.S. team well, having coached the Americans for five years and led them to a pair of Olympic golds.

"They played more attacking football then we did. We defended very well," Sundhage said. "And the fact that there were only two goals and it went to penalty kicks said something about our defending. The U.S. played better in the attack, we played better in the defense."

As Sweden celebrated, U.S. captain Carli Lloyd crouched on the field at Mane Garrincha Stadium in disbelief.

The three-time defending champion United States had been the clear favorites in Brazil to become the first team to win an Olympic gold following a Women's World Cup title.

"It's always hard to swallow losing in PKs. Yeah, I mean it's going to hurt," Lloyd said. "We've got to hold our heads high. This team is not going to crumble. We're going to just work that much harder. It's been a busy couple of years. That's why no one has won back-to-back."

Solo, who has endured near-constant taunts of "Zika! Zika!" for a week, has courted controversy for her comments in the past. And on Friday, she was also criticized for changing her gloves during the penalty shootout.

After a scoreless first half, Stina Blackstenius scored in the 61st minute to give Sweden a 1-0 lead. Alex Morgan netted the equalizer in the 78th and the match went to extra time.

Lloyd then had a header called back for offside in the 115th minute, and Lotta Schelin was offside on her attempt against Solo a minute later -- although replays appeared to show otherwise.

The reigning World Cup champions, who are also four-time Olympic champions, had not dropped a match this year.

"Really just heartbroken right now for the girls and the federation. It's unfortunate," said Morgan, who missed the first penalty in the shootout. "I feel like we were prepared but so were Sweden. I felt today could go either way."

The Americans won their first two matches in Brazil before a surprising 2-2 draw in Manaus against Colombia, which had already been eliminated.

Sweden had won only five prior matches against the United States. At last year's 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.

Ranked sixth in the world, Sweden had struggled in its Olympic group with a 5-1 loss to host Brazil and finished 1-1-1.

The crowd at Mane Garrincha Stadium was sparse but continued to jeer Solo every time she touched the ball. The local fans are still upset about her posts on social media about the Zika virus. Solo posted a picture of herself in mosquito netting and armed with insect repellant.

Auston Trusty's late goal lifts Union over Minnesota United

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Auston Trusty's late goal lifts Union over Minnesota United

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Auston Trusty scored in the 86th minute and the Philadelphia Union moved to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United on Sunday.

Trusty beat defender Brent Kallman to Ilsinho's volley, made a deft stop and then beat goalkeeper Vito Mannone to the loose ball to drive home the winner.

It was the third time the Union (8-4-4s) took the lead and, this time, Minnesota (6-6-3) couldn't answer.

Kallman's foul on Sergio Santos led to Jamiro Monteiro's successful penalty kick in the 18th minute and came off a quick counter after Minnesota was denied three-times from point-blank range. Andre Blake made two saves before defender Jake Elliott got in front of Angelo Rodriguez's second shot. Just before halftime Haris Medunjanin bent a free kick around the Minnesota wall and into the top corner.

Hassani Dotson tied the game at 1 in the 28th minute and Kevin Molino tied it 2 in the 77th minute.

Monteiro's goal was his third, the other four were the first of the season.

Union can't hold lead, tie Rapids on rainy night

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Union can't hold lead, tie Rapids on rainy night

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CHESTER, Pa. — Jonathan Lewis volleyed home a goal in the 72nd minute and the Colorado Rapids tied the Philadelphia Union 1-1 on Wednesday night in a game delayed nearly an hour because of lightning in the area.

Colorado (2-9-3) got points in a third straight game following an 11-game winless start. Philadelphia (7-4-4) has only lost once in its last eight home games, staying within a point of Eastern Conference leader D.C. United.

Sergio Santos gave Philadelphia the lead in the 26th minute by running past the defense for Jamiro Monteiro's toe poke and rolling it past goalkeeper Clint Irwin.