Americans shut out the noise in quest for more women’s soccer gold

The U.S. women's soccer team has been quiet in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics. That's by design, as the players avoid distractions caused by being the favorite to bring home the gold medal.

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July 20, 2021 - 9:17 AM

Carli Lloyd, Delran native and Rutgers graduate, is one of two dozen New Jersey Olympic hopefuls. Photo by Lori M. Nichols / TNS

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. women’s national soccer team is in a bubble of its own making for the Tokyo Olympics, and it’s not just because of coronavirus restrictions.

The World Cup champions have become adept at shutting out all the outside noise — the seemingly endless social media debates, the TV punditry and even the trash talk that comes with being the best in the world.

“I think, especially the players that have been through these major tournaments, you figure out how to stay in the best mental headspace and sometimes that’s compartmentalizing, that’s focusing on one thing at a time and trying not to let the noise get into what we like to call the bubble,” defender Becky Sauerbrunn said. “So like, secure the bubble, protect the bubble.”

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