So John Herdman threw his medal and I caught it. Is it like throwing a wedding bouquet? Am I next to be Canadian? pic.twitter.com/9b8ADeHvPt— Mercedes (@DuskySprngfield) February 22, 2016
A USWNT supporter got an unexpected souvenir while watching the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament final: a silver medal. The medal came courtesy of Canadian coach John Herdman, who threw his medal into the stands shortly after it was awarded.
Herdman and Canada had just lost 2-0 to the United States in a match where they were once again outclassed by their rivals to the south. Both teams had already qualified for the Olympics after winning the respective semi-finals, but there was clearly plenty of pride still on the line.
"I don't play this game for medals... and not silver ones anyway," Herdman told media after the match.
According to media in attendance at his post game press conference Herdman was upset with what he thought was a missed opportunity for the team. His gameplan, trying to hold the United States before introducing his impact players late, ended up failing minutes before he was going to introducing his trio of substitutes.
Canada have not defeated the United States since 2001, and have been eliminated from the last two Olympic games at the hands of their southern rivals. Most notable was their 2012 Olympic semi-final in London, which they lost 4-3 to the Americans in controversial fashion.