Given a chance, Lynn Williams provides boost for US soccer

TOKYO (AP) — A last-minute rule change because of the pandemic cleared the way for one-time alternate Lynn Williams to earn an Olympic start. Then she proved she belonged all along.

Williams not only started for the U.S. women’s soccer team in its tense quarterfinal with the Netherlands, she scored and added an assist. The Americans earned a spot in the semifinals 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

“I think that this team thrives under pressure and myself, I had nothing to lose. I came here as an alternate so I just went . . .

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