Alex Morgan

US women's soccer heads home after early Olympic exit

There will be no fourth straight gold medal for the United States.

The hopes of becoming the first team to win the Olympics following a World Cup are also dashed.

Instead, the favored U.S. women's soccer team heads home from Brazil without an Olympic medal for the first time.

Alex Morgan's eyes were red from tears following a quarterfinal loss to Sweden, which won 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw on Friday. And goalkeeper Hope Solo was seething over Sweden's tactics, calling the team "a bunch of cowards."

"I was really optimistic. I didn't even anticipate it going into penalties," said Morgan, who scored the lone goal for the...