CHICAGO (June 5, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin its two-game European trip with a friendly match against Sweden on June 8 in Gothenburg (1:30 p.m. ET; ESPN 2, UDN).
The U.S. and Sweden have a long and rich history in women’s soccer, meeting in the first ever Women’s World Cup game for both countries back in 1991 and having played six matches in world championship events, but the most recent meeting is fresh in the minds of both teams. The clash in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Olympics produced a 1-1- draw after 90 minutes of regulation 30 minutes of overtime before Sweden triumphed in a penalty kick shootout (4-3) to advance to the semifinals. This will be the first meeting since that fateful day in Brasilia when the USA out-shot Sweden 27-6 and had a potential game-winner by Carli Lloyd erased to due offside. Sweden went on to win the silver medal, its highest finish in the Olympics.
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USA Roster: All the U.S.-based players played in their NWSL games over the weekend before traveling to Sweden for the start of camp. Seven players on the roster have played 70 times or more for the USA while 11 have 33 or less caps. Only one player on the roster is uncapped in backup goalkeeper Abby Smith. The USA has scored 47 goals over its last nine friendly matches, and has scored three or more in each game, while only allowing four goals in its last 11 friendly matches, all played in the U.S. Most recently, the April 9 match vs. Russia marked the 14th time since the start of 2016 that the U.S. has scored four or more goals in a game. The USA also has 20 clean sheets since the start of 2016. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has brought 19 players to Europe after losing Morgan Brian and Alex Morgan to injuries and Jaelene Hinkle withdrew due to personal reasons, while Lynn Williams was added to the roster. Ellis will suit up 18 players for each match.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars); 18-Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)
DEFENDERS (6): 6-Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 7-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), 16-Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 20-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), 3-Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)
FORWARDS (5): 19-Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), 2-Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), 12-Lynn Williams (NC Courage)
Sweden Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 12-Hilda Carlén (Piteå IF), 1-Hedvig Lindahl (Chelsea FC, ENG), 21-Emelie Lundberg (Eskilstuna United DFF)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Joanna Andersson (Linköpings FC), 4-Emma Berglund (FC Rosengård), 13-Nathalie Björn (Eskilstuna United DFF), 6-Magdalena Eriksson (Linköpings FC), 5-Nilla Fischer (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), 16-Hanna Glas (Eskilstuna United DFF), 15-Jessica Samuelsson (Linköpings FC), 3-Linda Sembrant (Montpellier Hérault SC)
MIDFIELDERS (11): 27-Tove Almqvist (Linköpings FC), 26-Fanny Andersson (KIF Örebro DDF), 7-Lisa Dahlkvist (KIF Örebro DFF), 10-Lina Hurtig (Liköpings FC), 24-Josefin Johansson (Piteå IF), 22-Olivia Schough (Eskilstuna United DFF), 23-Elin Rubensson (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), 17-Carolina Seger (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), 25-Petra Andersson (Eskilstuna United DFF), 10-Julia Spetsmark (KIF Örebro DFF), 14-Hanna Folkesson (FC Rosengard),
FORWARDS (6): 9-Kosovare Asllani (Manchester City FC, ENG), 11-Stina Blackstenius (Montpellier FC, FRA), 19-Pauline Hammarlund (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), 20-Mimi Larsson (Eskilstuna United DFF), 18-Fridolina Rolfö (FC Bayern Munich, GER), 8-Lotta Schlein (FC Rosengård)
USA vs. Sweden: The USA hold a record of 20-6-11 against Sweden dating back to 1987. Sweden is tied with Denmark for third as the team who has beaten the USA the most times, behind Norway (19) and China PR (9).
While the competition between the two teams is usually intense, the last four games have been especially tight, which has amped up the rivalry even more. That most recent meeting at the 2016 Olympics official counts as a tie. Before the game in Brazil, the two sides had met during group play at the 2015 Women’s World Cup with the teams playing to a scoreless draw in Winnipeg. Before the World Cup game, the teams met on March 7, 2014 game in Albufeira, Portugal, during the 2014 Algarve Cup. The USA lost 1-0, as Lotta Schelin scored the lone goal.
Carli Nears 100: U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd is the two-time reigning FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. She is the all-time active caps leader with 237 and is sitting on 97 goals, three away from becoming the sixth player to score 100 or more goals for the USA and could achieve the feat while in Europe. While she has played as a withdrawn forward most the time since the knockout round of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, she is still the highest scoring midfielder in U.S. history. Lloyd scored 36 international goals between the time she debuted six days before her 23rd birthday, and her 30th birthday. Since turning 30, she has scored 61 goals in just over four and a half years.
Familiar Faces: Several members of both the USA and Sweden teams currently play together or have played on the same clubs in the past. Talented attacking player Kosovare Asllani, who played alongside Carli Lloyd for Manchester City, played for the Chicago Red Stars in WPS in 2010. Caroline Seger (Philadelphia Independence and Western New York Flash) also spent some time playing in the United States, and played with Lindsey Horan at Paris Saint-Germain. Seger now plays for Olympique Lyonnais and was teammates with Alex Morgan this past season. Additionally, goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl plays for Chelsea Ladies with U.S. forward Crystal Dunn. Christen Press and Meghan Klingenberg both spent various lengths of time playing in Sweden and have played with and against many of the Sweden National Team players.
The Pia Years: From 2008-2012, Pia Sundhage was the head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, taking the USA to the top of the podium at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and to a runner-up finish at the 2011 Women’s World Cup. She was voted FIFA Women’s World Coach of the Year in 2012 after winning the Olympic gold medal with the United States. She also won three Algarve Cups during her spell in charge of the U.S. WNT. Sundhage also coached in the WUSA with the Philadelphia Charge and the Boston Breakers.
Since Pia Sundhage returned to her native land to coach Sweden, the teams have met four times in very close games and the USA has failed to win any of them, tying three and losing one. The USA has scored two goals in those four games while Sweden has scored three. Tom Sermanni was the U.S. head coach for the first two of those games while Jill Ellis was the U.S. coach during the meetings in the most recent Women’s World Cup and Olympics.
USA in Sweden: The USA has played against Sweden in Sweden just twice before, a 1-0 win in Skelleftea in the summer of 2008 as Carli Lloyd scored the USA’s lone goal and a 3-1 win in Halmstad in the summer of 2012 as Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath scored. Schelin, who is Sweden’s all-time leading scorer, tallied for her country.
Pride Month: In recognition of LGBTQ Pride month in June, U.S. Soccer will activate a number initiatives in partnership with the You Can Play Project, along with the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association and the Women's National Team Players Association. The You Can Play Project is an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
As the highlight, the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams will wear pride-inspired rainbow numbers during the June friendlies. The WNT will wear the kits against Sweden on June 8, and Norway three days later. Fans can purchase customized jerseys with the rainbow numbers through ussoccerstore.com.