The 2020 Tokyo Games are underway and Jared Quay is here to get you up to speed on what happened in Japan while you were sleeping, including the USWNT’s devastating loss to Sweden and Team USA’s softball win over Italy.
Good morning, USA. It's officially official. After five years of waiting, the Summer Olympics are back. And with Tokyo being on the other side of the globe, many of the events that will happen while most of you are still snug and snoring in your bed. So every morning, we're going to do our best to take you through what you may have missed. A few of Team USA's athletes have already took in their respective fields, including the softball team and the women's soccer team. We have to start off at Tokyo stadium with what the world calls football. Team USA faced off against Sweden.
It's the same thing that knocked them out in the 2016 games. And unfortunately, for Vlatko Andonovski's group, it was more of the Sam against the Swedes. Stina Blackstenius put the United States in the early won of whole with her header in the 25th minute. Blackstenius got her second goal to give Sweden the 2-0 lead in the 54th minute, and Lena Hurtig's 70-second minute strike put the United States away for good, marking an extremely disappointing start to the tournament for the world's number one ranked team.
The last snap is an absolutely insane, 44 game unbeaten streak for the US Women's National Team. The team will look to get back on track on Saturday against the Kiwis of New Zealand. Now to the softball diamond, where Team USA toppled Italy 2-0 at the Fukushima Azuma Stadium. 38-year-old pitcher Cat Osterman came out of retirement to toss a six inning, nine strikeout, one hit performance that lead Team USA to the win. Osterman had helped lead Team USA to a gold medal in 2004 and a silver 2008 and hopes to add her trophy case here in Tokyo.
35-year-old Monica Abbott came on in the seventh inning to strikeout the Italian side to secure the win for Team USA. Team USA will continue its quest for gold against Canada on Thursday morning, our Wednesday night. This time difference thing is going to take some time getting used to. In other Olympic news, Brisbane, Australia has been named the host city for the 2032 summer games. It will mark the third time the games have been held in the land down under.
That's it for today from Tokyo, but be sure to check out every morning for a full recap of the biggest and best news from the fields, pools, tracks, and more in Japan. See you guys tomorrow.