The United States was the better team throughout but Alex Morgan and Christen Press missed penalties after the game ended 1-1 in extra time.
The 35-year-old, who is facing domestic abuse charges at home for allegedly beating up her half-sister and nephew, has had a colorful Olympics in Brazil. Sweden did enough in 120 minutes of soccer and the penalty shootout to advance to the Olympic semifinals. During a shootout with underdog Sweden, the United States lost.
After Zagunis picked up another win, Muhammad had by far her best moment of the Olympics.
The U.S. women's soccer team was supposed to be dominant going into Rio, but everything changed Friday. A tied score of 1-1 at the end of overtime led to a shoot-out, and Sweden stole the game from the heavily-favored Americans. "I think we demonstrated a considerable measure of heart". And the fact that.it went to penalty kicks says something about our defending. The night was capped by Brazil's 7-6 penalty shootout win after a scoreless draw against Australia in Belo Horizonte.
Morgan and Sweden's Linda Sembrandt both had kicks saved by Hedvig Lindahl and Hope Solo respectively before Press' error gave Dahlkvist the chance for glory. We had many opportunities on goal.
"I'm very proud of this team", Solo said. "The best team did not win today, I strongly, firmly believe that", Solo said. "I think you saw American heart". "I'm going to Rio; she's going home".
The deeply disappointing performance may be defined as much by Solo's remarks as the team's play. Current U.S. Coach Jill Ellis, who exhibited the grace Solo lacked and gave Sundhage and the Swedes the credit they deserved.
The U.S. came out early with intent and in the 4th minute, they fired a warning signal, Carli Lloyd with a lovely pass that doesn't quite reach the wings but comes out for a corner. They didn't want to play great soccer. Instead of apologizing, she went on Twitter with what she framed as "the full context of my comments" and tweeted to Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, "Losing (stinks). I'm really bad at it".
The wife of Ashton Eaton, the reigning Olympic decathlon gold medalist from Bend, scored 3,871 points through four events and was 186 points off the pace set by first-day leader Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain, who scored 4,057 points.
The Americans failed to reach the semis for the first time in the history of Olympic women's soccer. Brazil beat the US 4-0 in that game.
In a career that includes 202 appearances and 103 shutouts, Solo has won two gold medals and a World Cup. US forward Christen Press' attempt then went over Hedvig Lindahl's net.
Solo has regularly courted controversy and Friday's incident was not even her first in these Olympics.
When told about Solo's comments, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage said: "It's OK to be a coward if you win". They had a game plan and they stuck to it.
"Can I criticize or knock someone for their tactics?"
Sweden had won outright in only five prior matches against the United States.
The five-time World Player of the Year was on her knees in tears of relief seconds later, though, as Barbara parried Katrina Gorry's spot-kick to keep the hosts alive.
It started with a loss, of game and dignity, from a classless goalie who never should have been on this Olympic team. "Sweden didn't play well in the group phase but the favourites must confirm its position on the pitch", - USA's exit came as a shock to many, including Germany coach Silvia Neid.