Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, and Becky Sauerbrunn all started in the U.S. Women’s National Team’s match in Sweden. Sophia Smith did not make the squad. The U.S. drew to Sweden 1-1.
Sweden put in a very solid performance as the U.S. struggled to string passes together. They are always a tough opponent for the USWNT and this match was no different. The U.S. took control of the match at first. The Americans created opportunities in the 18th, 19th, and 21st minutes but were unable to convert.
Sweden defended well and looked to strike in transition. Ultimately, the opener came off of a Swedish set-piece. Kosovare Asllani found Lina Hurtig with a corner. Hurtig’s shot clashed off the post and into the back of the net.
Sweden almost made it 2-0 at the end of the first half. Horan gave the ball away in midfield and Fridolina Rolfo was in on goal. Alyssa Naeher made a great one-on-one save to keep the deficit at one.
The U.S.’s first chance of the second half came from Horan and Lavelle. They linked up at the top of the 18-yard box and Lavelle’s shot drifted wide.
Sweden looked in on goal but were unable to convert. The U.S. countered and Horan found Lloyd in the box but her header was saved. The U.S. continued to create half chances but were unable to finish.
Kelley O’Hara won a penalty in the 87th minute and that was what the U.S. needed to tie the match. Megan Rapinoe made no mistake, as usual.
Substitute Kristie Mewis had the chance to give the U.S. the lead late but she couldn’t convert.