Before Japan’s shocking upset over the U.S. team at the Women’s World Cup Sunday night, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had “the highest hopes” for an American victory.“Go USA!” she shouted at the end of a news conference in Athens.
In Washington, the Obamas huddled around a television in the Treaty Room office in the White House to watch the game. Just before kick off, President Obama tweeted encouraging words to the team:
To the women of our national soccer team: Sorry I can't be there to see you play, but I'll be cheering you on from here. Let's go. -BO
Chelsea Clinton and Vice President Biden’s wife, Jill, were in Frankfurt to cheer the team on.
The U.S. team lost the hard-fought match with a score of 3-1 after losing a penalty kick shootout that followed a 2-2 tie in regulation and extra time.
U.S. fans were stunned by the defeat.
But in Japan, it was a reminder to hold heads high after a year in which the country was racked by an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.
After the game was over, Obama tweeted: “Couldn't be prouder of the women of #USWNT after a hard-fought game. Congratulations to Japan, Women's World Cup Champions.”