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The USA's Julie Ertz battles for the ball wit Sweden's Kosovare Asllani in the second half of the Group G game at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

TOKYO — While it certainly wasn’t the Olympic start the U.S. women’s soccer team had anticipated, a rare loss didn’t skewer the squad’s hopes for gold.

The United States fell to Sweden 3-0 Wednesday night in the team’s opener in Tokyo, snapping a 44-match unbeaten streak. It was a surprising result for the favorites in the field. In fact, it may have lit a fire.

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