With all eyes on Christian Pulisic and the U.S. MNT, the American women flew a bit under the radar with their 1-0 road victory over Sweden earlier on Thursday.
Rose Lavelle continued her rise up the depth chart scoring the game’s only goal, the second in just five caps for the 22-year-old.
With the new Tournament of Nation’s coming soon, late July and early August, Jill Ellis’ team is seeking to shake off the lingering stench of March’s SheBelieves flop when the Americans finished last in the U.S. based tournament.
In this friendly Pia Sunhage’s Sweden side did not repeat the defensive tactics that frustrated and defeated the U.S. in the Olympics, prompting the infamous “coward” outburst that seems to have spelled the end of goalkeeper Hope Solo’s U.S career.
With less at stake, this time around Sweden opted for a more open style of play making for a more entertaining match, with each side having moments of ascendancy.
Ultimately the game came down to one excellent moment between Crystal Dunn and Lavelle. With the Chelsea star in possession, Dunn picked up her head and found Lavelle with a perfect pass. The Boston Breakers star kept her composure before finishing her chance from a tight angle in the 56th minute.
Now the Americans move on from Gothenburg to Sandefjord, Norway where the U.S. WNT will again serve as the opening act to the men, who face arch rivals Mexico Sunday night at the Azteca in Mexico City.
June 11, 2017, 1 PM ET WNT vs Norway: Komplett Arena; Sandefjord, Norway.
– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
SWE 0 0 0
USA – Rose Lavelle (Crystal Dunn) 56th minute
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara (8-Julie Ertz, 84), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 14-Casey Short, 7-Meghan Klingenberg (6-Abby Dahlkemper, 46); 16-Rose Lavelle (15-Megan Rapinoe, 90+2), 20-Allie Long, 3-Sam Mewis, 22-Mallory Pugh; 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) 9-Lindsey Horan, 46), 19-Crystal Dunn (23-Christen Press, 75)
Subs not used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 18-Abby Smith
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
SWE: 12-Hilda Carlén; 15-Jessica Samuelsson, 3-Linda Sembrant, 5-Nilla Fischer (6-Magdalena Eriksson, 75), 2-Joanna Andersson; 9-Kosovare Asllani, 7-Lisa Dahlkvist (11-Stina Blackstenius, 87), 17-Carolina Seger, 22-Olivia Schough 10-Julia Spetsmark, 63); 18-Fridolina Rolfö (20-Mimi Larsson, 46), 8-Lotta Schlein (capt.)
Subs not used: 1-Hedvig Lindahl, 4-Emma Berglund, 14-Hanna Folkesson, 16-Hanna Glas, 19-Pauline Hammarlund, 21-Emelie Lundberg, 24-Josefin Johansson, 25-Petra Andersson
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage
Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 7 / 13
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 10
Fouls: 4 / 14
Offside: 4 / 2