USWNT defender Crystal Dunn has urged her team-mates to leave their group-stage difficulties behind and focus on the knockout stages.
The current world champions entered the tournament in Australia and New Zealand as strong contenders to win once more.
However, they faced challenges in the group stage, scoring only four goals in three games, leading to questions about their performance as they finished just one point ahead of third-placed Portugal.
Speaking after the USWNT’s 0-0 draw against Portugal earlier today, Crystal Dunn said: “Yeah, I think for us it’s really just learning from this moment, turning the page and almost being a goldfish, as Ted Lasso said, because we have to have short-term memory right now. I think for us, we have to focus on this next match. Between now and then, [we need to] just get together, be unified, and move forward.”
Undoubtedly, if Vlatko Andonovski’s side can find their rhythm, they have the potential to go all the way, just like they did in 2019. Currently ranked as the number one women’s national team in the world, they faced difficulties in defeating both the Netherlands, ranked ninth, and Portugal, ranked 21st, in the FIFA rankings.