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Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

The U.S. women's soccer team lost 3-0 to Sweden on Wednesday in the team's first appearance in the group stage of the 2020 Olympics.

Why it matters: The stunning defeat marks the first loss for the U.S. team in 44 matches, the first loss under head coach Vlatko Andonovski and it raises the stakes for the next two games if the U.S. team wants to get out of Group G.

  • "We got our asses kicked, didn’t we?" Megan Rapinoe said after the game, per Yahoo! Sports.

The big picture: The game, played before a near-empty stadium, marked the first Olympics event to take place in host city Tokyo.

Between the lines: The Swedes, ranked 5th in the world, dominated play and got their opening goal in the 25th minute from a header from Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius.

  • The second goal came early in the second half, again from Blackstenius, when she finished off a corner kick.
  • The final goal of the game came in the 72nd minute off of another header, this time from Lina Hurtig.
  • The U.S. team lacked possession, played flat and struggled to create chances.

Of note: The U.S. lost the first game of the 2008 Olympics and went on to win gold.

What's next: The U.S. team will continue in Group G play on July 24, when they face New Zealand at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Go deeper: U.S. women's soccer team seeks redemption on Olympic stage

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Washington Spirit CEO resigns amid NWSL turmoil

A red soccer corner flag with the Washington Spirit shield logo during an NWSL game between Orlando Pride and Washington Spirit on August 22, 2021 at Audi Field in Washington, DC. Photo: Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The CEO of NWSL's Washington Spirit resigned on Tuesday following abuse allegations against the team's former coach and criticism of a toxic work environment.

Why it matters: The resignation of Steve Baldwin, who served as controlling owner and top executive of the Washington women's soccer team, comes as NWSL players speak out about cases of harassment and abuse and demand change across the league.

Updated 52 mins ago - World

Reports: Brazil leader to be accused of crimes against humanity over COVID

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Andressa Anholete/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate panel will recommend President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with "crimes against humanity," alleging his COVID-19 pandemic response led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, per the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The latest: The lawmakers initially said Bolsonaro should be charged with mass homicide and genocide, but lawmakers updated the report to replace these with the new charge, its lead author, Sen. Renan Calheiros, told the NYT.

California governor declares drought emergency for entire state

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speakinng to reporters in Los Angeles in September. Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) extended a drought emergency declaration to cover the entire state on Tuesday.

Why it matters: "California is experiencing its worst drought since the late 1800s, as measured by both lack of precipitation and high temperatures," per a statement from the governor's office. This past August was the driest and hottest one on record, "and the water year that ended last month was the second driest on record," the statement added.