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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