BRASILIA, Brazil (Aug. 12, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team fell to Sweden 4-3 in a penalty shootout after drawing 1-1 through 120 minutes of U.S. dominated action at Mané Garrincha Stadium in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Sweden was content to soak up U.S. pressure throughout the match and into extra time, dropping deep into its own half and looking for the counter-attack. The USA out-shot Sweden 27-6, but put just six shots on goal.
Sweden took the lead against the run of play in the 61st minute through Stina Blackstenius’ opportunistic counter attacking strike. Alex Morgan replied 16 minutes later, but the U.S. could not find another through regulation and overtime as Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl had a fine game.
Lisa Dahlkvist struck the winning penalty kick for Sweden on the fifth and final kick of the shootout to knock the USA out of the Olympic Games before the semifinal round for the first time in history. Morgan, who sent the match to extra time when she scored the USA’s equalizer in the 77th minute of regulation, had her shot saved in the opening round of the shootout before U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo made one save in the third round to reignite the USA’s chances. However, forward Christen Press sent her shot over the bar and Solo was unable to stop Dahlkvist, setting off a wild celebration from the Sweden team.
The U.S. will return to action in September with matches against Thailand on Sept. 15 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio and the Netherlands on Sept. 18 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kick off times and TV information will be announced at a later date.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
SWE – Stina Blackstenius (Lisa Dahlkvist), 61st minute: Sweden won possession of the ball deep in their own half and Kosovare Asllani played a short sideways pass to Lisa Dahlkvist who’s one-touch pass split the USA center back pairing for Blackstenius to run onto. As she entered the box, Julie Johnston closed in with a sliding tackle, but Blckstenius got off the shot at the last moment and it rolled across goal into the far left side netting. USA 0, SWE 1 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Alex Morgan, 77th minute: A clearance by Sweden was collected by the USA and worked through midfield out to Tobin Heath on the right wing. Heath sent a long, searching pass into the box that sailed beyond Crystal Dunn and ricocheted off Sweden defender Jessica Samuelsson into the center of the six-yard box and into the path of Morgan who screened off her defender and lashed a first-time left footed shot into the left side of the goal. USA 1, SWE 1 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Alex Morgan: Morgan’s shot to the left side was saved by Hedvig Lindahl. USA 0, SWE 0
SWE – Lotta Schelin: Schelin’s shot to the left side went in as Hope Solo guessed the other way. USA 0, SWE 1
USA – Lindsey Horan: Horan shot to the lower left corner to score. USA 1, SWE 1
SWE – Kosovare Asllani: Asllani sent her shot into the right side of the net as Solo jumped the other way. USA 1, SWE 2
USA – Carli Lloyd: Lloyd sent her shot into the upper left side with power, leaving Lindahl, who guessed correctly, no chance to save. USA 2, SWE 2
SWE – Linda Sembrant: Sembrant’s shot to the top left was saved by Solo who punched the ball over top of the net. USA 2, SWE 2
USA – Morgan Brian: Brian’s quick shot was unstoppable as it sailed high into the left side netting. USA 3, SWE 2
SWE – Caroline Seger: Seger shot to the right with a hard attempt that got past Solo, who guessed correctly. USA 3, SWE 3
USA – Christen Press: Press sent her shot over the top left side of the goal. USA 3, SWE 3
SWE – Lisa Dahlkvist: Dahlkvist sent her shot into the right side of the net as Solo jumped to the left. USA 3, SWE 4. FINAL
Next on the Schedule: The USA returns Stateside for a pair of September matches. The team will first play Thailand on Sept. 15 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, before heading down south to Atlanta for a game against the Netherlands at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 18. Kickoff and TV information will be announced at a later date.
- The USA is now 16-0-3 in 2016. The team has scored 58 goals while allowing just seven.
- The USA started in a 4-3-3 formation with the same lineup that featured in the opening match of the tournament. Alex Morgan at striker with Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh on the wings. Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian were the attacking midfielders with Allie Long at holding mid. Kelley O’Hara was at right back, Meghan Klingenberg at left back, while Julie Johnston and Becky Sauerbrunn patrolled the middle of the backline. Hope Solo was in goal for her fourth consecutive Olympic match. Lloyd wore the captain’s armband the USA.
- The backline of Solo, O’Hara, Johnston, Sauerbrunn and Klingenberg, which was reunited for the first time since the USA’s tournament opening win vs. New Zealand, started together for the 10th time in 2016.
- Since Pia Sundhage returned to her native land to coach Sweden, the teams have now met four times in very close games and the USA has drawn three and lost one. The teams tied 1-1 at the Algarve Cup in 2013, the USA lost 1-0 at the Algarve Cup in 2014 and then there was the 0-0 at the Women's World Cup last summer. Tom Sermanni was the USA head coach for the first two games while Jill Ellis was the U.S. coach in the WWC.
- Morgan, who has 69 career goals, is in eighth place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list and closing in on Cindy Parlow who has 75. Morgan has six Olympic goals, good for third on the USA’s all-time list behind Lloyd (8) and Abby Wambach (10).
Lineup Notes: USA vs. Sweden: Olympic Semifinal Berth on the Line
USA vs. Sweden
Aug. 12, 2016
Mane Garrincha Stadium
Live Broadcast: NBCSN
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Sweden: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 3-Allie Long, 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan, 2-Mallory Pugh
Subs: 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Lindsey Horan, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Christen Press, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Crystal Dunn, 18-Alyssa Naeher
- The USA will start in a 4-3-3 formation with the same lineup that featured in the opening match of the tournament. Alex Morgan is at striker with Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh on the wings. Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian are the attacking midfielders with Allie Long at holding mid. Kelley O’Hara is at right back, Meghan Klingenberg is at left back, while Julie Johnston and Becky Sauerbrunn patrol the middle of the backline. Hope Solo is in goal for her fourth consecutive Olympic match. Lloyd will captain the USA.
- Six players in today’s starting lineup took the field against Sweden in the most recent meeting between the teams at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. They are: Solo, Sauerbrunn, Johnston, Klingenberg, Brian and Lloyd. Morgan went in as a late second half sub. The match ended in a scoreless draw.
- The backline of Solo, O’Hara, Johnston, Sauerbrunn and Klingenberg, which has been reunited for the first time since the USA’s tournament opening win vs. New Zealand, will start together for the 10th time in 2016.
- Three players in the lineup have scored goals for the USA in Olympic competition: Lloyd (8), Morgan (5), and Pugh (1). Lloyd is two goals way from tying Abby Wambach’s U.S. record of 10 Olympic goals. Lloyd and Morgan have combined for 23 of the USA’s 57 goals in 2016.
- Lloyd earns her 228th cap and 16th in Olympics competition, tied with Solo for the most on the team. She is the most-capped player at the 2016 Olympic Football tournament.
- Lloyd scored in two of the three group games for the WNT, increasing her career total to 90 goals, including 11 in 2016. She also added an assist in group play to up her total to six in 2016, tying for second-best on the team with Heath, and one behind team-leader Pugh (7).
- Pugh, who has scored four goals in 2016, became the youngest American female player to start in an Olympic match when she took the field against New Zealand on Aug. 3.
- With her goal against Colombia on Aug, 9, Pugh became the youngest U.S. player to score in the Olympics as Cindy Parlow did not find the net in 1996.
- Pugh was 18 years, 3 months and 11 days old when she scored against Colombia on Aug. 9. Landon Donovan was the youngest male player to score in an Olympics at 18 years, 6 months and 15 days old when he scored in the 2000 Olympics during a 3-1 win vs. Kuwait in Melbourne, Australia on Sept. 19 in the USA's final group game (the U.S. won the group).
- Morgan, who has 68 career goals, is in eighth place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list and is closing in on Cindy Parlow who has 75.
- Morgan and O’Hara will earn their 10th Olympic cap today, while Heath earns her 12th.
- Solo is slated to earn her 202nd cap, which would move her past Kate Markgraf into 10th place on the all-time caps list.
She earned her 200th cap against France on Aug. 6, becoming the first goalkeeper in international soccer history to achieve that mark. Solo also comes into the match with 153 wins.
- Solo comes into today’s match with 102 career shutouts. She became the first goalkeeper in soccer history to reach the 100 mark on July 9 against South Africa.
Solo has 14 wins in 2016, including 12 by shutout, one shy of her high of 13 shutouts in a calendar year achieved in another Olympic year, 2008. Solo has earned shutouts against 29 different countries.
- Brian earned her 50th cap at the young age of 23 on March 6. She will earn her 58th cap today, while Kelley O'Hara will earn her 86th cap to go along with her two international goals.
- Solo will make her 195th start today, the most starts by a WNT goalkeeper and is in 8th place on the WNT’s all-time starts list behind Lloyd, who with today’s start, has 198.
The U.S. Women’s National Team will take on Sweden in the first of four Olympic quarterfinals on Friday, Aug. 12 at 12 p.m. ET at Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia. The game has huge implications as it marks the beginning of the knockout stage and the U.S. must win in order to advance and keep its gold medal dreams alive.
Additionally, the USA vs. Sweden match also includes a handful of interesting storylines. It brings together a former coach and her former players; a former coach and former assistant coach; a couple of old teammates and a long, competitive history on the field for both programs.
Sweden is coached by former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage, who led the USA to gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Sundhage was also at the helm for the USA’s runner-up finish at the 2011 Women’s World Cup. During her stint as head coach from 2008-12, Sundhage won three Algarve Cup titles and was named the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Coach of the Year.
Sundhage worked alongside current head coach Jill Ellis while she was in the USA, however since she returned to her native land to coach Sweden, the teams have met only three times in very close games, with only one of them under the leadership of Ellis as the other two were under former head coach Tom Sermanni. The USA has failed to win any of those three games, tying two and losing one. The teams tied 1-1 at the Algarve Cup in 2013, the USA lost 1-0 at the Algarve Cup in 2014 and then there was the 0-0 draw at the Women’s World Cup last summer.
Ten players on the current roster earned at least one cap under Sundhage. They are: Hope Solo, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Carli Lloyd. Ali Krieger, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath. Beyond the coaching ties, a few players also spent various amounts of time playing in Sweden. Engen, Christen Press, Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Klingenberg all have played with and against many of the Sweden National Team players. Solo also played in Sweden back in 2004.Read more
CHICAGO (Aug. 11, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to secure a spot in the Olympic semifinal when it faces Sweden in the first quarterfinal match of the day on Friday, Aug. 12 (12 p.m. ET on NBCSN, nbcolympics.com) at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia. After finishing atop Group G, the U.S. WNT will now face a familiar foe in Sweden, who finished third in Group E, in a rematch of last year’s Women’s World Cup group clash. The USA is 16-0-2 in 2016, earning 15 shutouts while allowing six goals. Fans can follow all the action from #USAvSWE on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its Olympic journey on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).
USA vs. Sweden: The USA has an all-time record of 20-5-11 against Sweden dating back to 1987. The most recent meeting was during group play at the 2015 Women’s World Cup with the teams playing to a scoreless draw in Winnipeg. The last matchup before that World Cup game came on March 7, 2014 in Albufeira, Portugal, during the 2014 Algarve Cup, where the USA lost 1-0, as Lotta Schelin scored. Behind Norway (19) and China PR (9), Sweden (5) is tied with Denmark as the nation that has defeated the USA the most times.
An Olympic Regular, But No Podium: Sweden has qualified for every Women’s Olympic Football Tournament to date, but they have yet to win a medal. The Swedes’ best Olympic performance so far came at Athens 2004, where they reached the semifinal, one round further than they managed at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and a considerable improvement on their first two Olympic appearances, at Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, where they went out in the group phase.
Nice to See You Again: Talented attacking player Kosovare Asllani, who currently plays 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 young U.S. star Lindsey Horan at Paris Saint-Germain. Whitney Engen, Christen Press, Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Meghan Klingenberg all spent various lengths of time playing in Sweden and have played with and against many of the Sweden National Team players.
Former Coach, Current Rival: 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 three times in very close games and the USA has failed to win any of them, tying two and losing one. The USA has scored just one goal in those three games, but Sweden has scored just two. The teams tied 1-1 at the Algarve Cup in 2013, the USA lost 1-0 at the Algarve Cup in 2014 and then there was the 0-0 at the Women’s World Cup last summer. Tom Sermanni was the USA head coach for the first two games while Jill Ellis was of course the U.S. coach in the WWC.
Eight - Ten: Out of the 18-player U.S. Women’s National Team competing at the Olympics, 10 players played in a WNT game while Pia Sundhage was in charge of the USA. The eight exceptions are: Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Julie Johnston, Lindsey Horan, Alyssa Naeher, Christen Press and Mal Pugh; though some did attend a senior camp while Sundhage was at the helm.
WNT Animated, Presented by Ritz: U.S. Soccer has released a new video series titled "WNT Animated, Presented by Ritz" that features the players of the U.S. Women's National Team. The videos feature the players and personalities in Brazil, highlighting one-of-a-kind stories in animation form. Watch all 18 player videos plus one bonus video featuring head coach Jill Ellis.
NIKE Produces New Olympic-Specific Home Jerseys: The U.S. Women’s National Team will debut a new home kit at the 2016 Olympics that has been developed exclusively by Nike for the reigning Women’s World Cup champions to wear in Brazil. The Olympics-specific jerseys are now available for purchase at ussoccerstore.com.
DEFENDERS (6): 6-Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), 8-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 3-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
Sweden Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hedvig Lindahl (Chelsea LFC, ENG), 18-Hilda Carlén (Piteå IF)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Jonna Andersson (Linkopings FC), 3-Linda Sembrant (Montpellier HSC, FRA), 4-Emma Berglund (FC Rosengard), 5-Nilla Fischer (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), 6-Magdalena Eriksson (Linkopings FC), 15-Jessica Samuelsson (Linkopings FC)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 7-Lisa Dahlkvist (KIF Örebro DFF), 9-Kosovare Asllani (Manchester City WFC, ENG), 14-Emilia Appelqvist (Djurgårdens IF DFF), 16-Elin Rubensson (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), 17-Caroline Seger (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA)
FORWARDS (5): 8-Lotta Schelin (FC Rosengard), 10-Sofia Jakobsson (Montpellier HSC, FRA), 11-Stina Blackstenius, (Linkopings FC), 12-Olivia Schough (Eskilstuna United DFF), 13-Fridolina Rolfö (Linkopings FC)
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