Well, the game started well. The USA scored just 11 minutes into the year-opening match against Sweden on a fantastic header from Carli Lloyd, who redirected a blistering service from Megan Rapinoe that had glanced off the head of Lauren Cheney. After that, the USA probably had 4-5 really good chances to score, but in the international game, and especially against a team as talented as Sweden, it's the ability to take advantage of the limited opportunities that is often the difference between winning and losing. So, the USA falls 2-1 in its first loss to Sweden since 2004, but now the Americans must re-group against a tough Canada side playing as well as it ever has.
The USA will have a short day of rest and recovery tomorrow, with the players who didn't play this afternoon having a harder training than those who did. The 90-minute players are sure to go easy with a jog, stretch, and maybe some light ball work.
U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage used all five of her allowed subs against Sweden and has said that many players should get a chance to play in this tournament, so we'll have to see what, if any, changes she and her staff make for the Canada match this Sunday. Fans can follow @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter for a match that kicks off at a more humane 6:05 a.m. ET.