1st consecutive losses for US women since 2001

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm •  Published: March 10, 2014

"It's been a strange tournament, but that's a great lesson because that's how tournament football is sometimes," Sermanni said. "Things can turn very quickly in your favor or turn against you. If you look analytically at the three games we've played."

The U.S. last lost consecutive games at the 2001 Algarve Cup, 2-0 to Sweden in the group stage on March 17 and 4-3 to Portugal two days later in the fifth-place match. The Americans were missing many of their top players at that tournament ahead of the launch of a women's league back home.

This time they were nearly at full strength.

Not exactly that the U.S. team wanted in the year's biggest national team event ahead of World Cup qualifying, which will be held from Oct. 16-26 at Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

"We're seven months away from qualifiers and even longer from the World Cup," Rapinoe said. "Of course, we want to have to better results, but it's not time to get to down on ourselves or be panicked. No one wins every game in football, and these last two games we played excellent teams and just didn't get it done."

NOTES: Japan (2-0-1) advanced to the final against Germany, winning Group B by defeating Sweden 2-1 on Aya Miyama's 89th-minute penalty kick. Group A winner Germany (3-0) beat Norway 3-1.