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2016 Olympic Games

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
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USA vs. Sweden: A Rivalry Intensified

For the first time since 2015, the U.S. Women’s National Team will travel abroad for a pair of friendlies, starting with a stop at Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg to face Sweden on June 8 at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and UDN. The game will be the first meeting between the two since the heartbreaking quarterfinal loss for the WNT in penalty kicks at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, where Sweden went on to win the silver medal.

Besides the topic of redemption for the U.S. Women, as well as the continuous preparation towards qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, 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 four times in very close games, with two 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 games, tying three and losing one (the game at the Olympics officially counts as a tie). The teams tied 1-1 at the Algarve Cup in 2013; the USA then lost 1-0 at the Algarve Cup in 2014. Then there was the 0-0 draw at the Women’s World Cup in 2015 (where the U.S. of course went on to win the title), and the 1-1 (3-4 pks) draw at the Olympics in Brazil last August that the U.S. lost in penalty kicks.

Six players on this current roster earned at least one cap under Sundhage. These players are: Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Meghan Klingenberg, Sydney Leroux, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe. 

Beyond the coaching ties, a few players on this roster also spent various amounts of time playing in Sweden. Christen Press (Tyresö FF), and Klingenberg (Tyresö FF) both played with and against many of the Sweden National Team players, while a few others played with them in clubs outside Sweden, such as Carli Lloyd and Kosovare Asllani in Manchester City; Asllani and Lindsey Horan at PSG and Hedvig Lindahl and Crystal Dunn at Chelsea.

Sweden is currently preparing for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro that kicks off in the Netherlands on July 16. While the game against 6th-ranked Sweden may be a friendly, the implications are a bit greater, as the WNT players will arrive with a chip on their shoulders and a desire to prove themselves in what is now one of the most competitive rivalries among the world’s top teams in recent years.

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. Sweden’s all-time leading scorer Lotta Schelin tallied for her country.

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WNT Jun 6, 2017

Five Things to Know: Sweden

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Five Things to Know About Mallory Pugh

Mallory Pugh, one of youngest and most exciting players in the U.S. Women’s National Team player pool, has quickly become a fan favorite and one of the top attacking players for the United States.   Born on April 29, 1998 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Pugh is the youngest of two children. Her dad Horace ran track in high school and college, where he was an All-American at Western State Read more
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WATCH: U.S. WNT 2016 Year In Review

As we prepare to bid farewell to 2016, we take a look back at the journey of the U.S. Women's National Team over the past year. From joy as the winners of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup to heartbreak in Brazil. From first caps and first goals, to one final game for the legendary HAO. With the long-term sights now set on qualifying for the 2019 Women's World Cup, the U.S. WNT is set to turn the page in 2017 and embark on the long road to France. Read more
WNT Dec 31, 2016

Heath, Sanchez Named 2016 U.S. Soccer Female and Young Female Player of the Year

CHICAGO (Dec. 13, 2016) – Tobin Heath and Ashley Sanchez have been voted the 2016 U.S. Soccer Female and Young Female Player of the Year, respectively. Heath, who has long been a fan favorite for her entertaining style of play and dynamic work with the ball, wins the award for the first time in her ninth year with the U.S. Women’s National Team. She won after earning 40 percent of Read more
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Making the Case: Tobin Heath, 2016 Female Player of the Year

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include forwards Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan, midfielders Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Today we continue to make the case for each of the candidates with WNT midfielder, Tobin Heath. U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Tobin Heath Read more
WNT Dec 6, 2016

Making The Case: Becky Sauerbrunn, 2016 Female Player of the Year

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include forwards Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan, midfielders Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Today we wrap up our making the case series with WNT defender and co-captain, Becky Sauerbrunn. U.S. Women’s National Team defender Becky Sauerbr Read more
WNT Dec 9, 2016

Making the Case: Alex Morgan, 2016 Female Player of the Year

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include forwards Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan, midfielders Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Today we continue to make the case for each of the candidates with WNT forward, Alex Morgan. After battling injuries in 2014-15, Morgan had a strong 2 Read more
WNT Dec 8, 2016

Making the Case: Carli Lloyd, 2016 Female Player of the Year

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include forwards Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan, midfielders Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Today we make the case for WNT midfielder and co-captain, and 2016 finalist for the FIFA Best Women's Player of the Year: Carli Lloyd.

In 2016, U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder and co-captain Carli Lloyd, the reigning FIFA Women’s Player of the Year and U.S. Soccer Female Payer of the Year, scored 17 goals and recorded 11 assists (a team-leading mark) in 21 games. 

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The total was one short of her career best 18 goals that she scored in her spectacular 2015, but she also did so in five fewer games, thus making her totals even more impressive. Her 17 scores in 2016 brought her total to 96 international goals, just four shy of becoming the sixth player in U.S. history to score 100 or more. Lloyd, who very fittingly scored the first WNT goal of 2016 against the Republic of Ireland in San Diego last January, had three multi-goal games this year.

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WNT Dec 7, 2016

2016 Rewind: WNT Goal Scorers

In 2016, the U.S. Women’s National Team played 25 matches and scored 92 goals. More than 65% were scored by four players: Crystal Dunn, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Christen Press.

Here is a breakdown of the performance of each player in 2016:

Crystal Dunn – A Breakthrough Year
Coming of an NWSL MVP season in 2015 with the Washington Sprit, Crystal Dunn had by far her best year as a U.S. WNT player in 2016. In her three previous yearly campaigns combined, Dunn had played in 20 games and scored four goals. In 2016 alone, she played in 25 games and scored 14 goals, more than tripling her tallies from 2013-15. She also played 1,494 minutes in 2016, a number that once again almost tripled the 532 minutes she played in 2013, the most she had been on the field before this year.

Dunn’s 2016 also included a five-goal game performance on Feb. 15 against Puerto Rico. On that day, Dunn became the seventh U.S. player to achieve that feat joining Brandi Chastain (1991), Michelle Akers (1991), Tiffeny Milbrett (2002), Abby Wambach (2004), Amy Rodriguez (2012) and Sydney Leroux (2012). It was also Dunn's first multi-goal game for the WNT.

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WNT Nov 22, 2016

Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
1-1 D 3-4 PKs Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia 13,892 Morgan
2-2 D Amazônia Arena; Manaus Dunn, Pugh
1-0 W Mineirão; Belo Horizonte 11,782 Lloyd
2-0 W Mineirão; Belo Horizonte 9,556 Lloyd, Morgan

2016 U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
M 5-7 St. Simons Island, Ga. Houston Dash 63/6
F 5-1 Rockville Centre, N.Y. Chelsea FC 55/22
D 5-8 Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. Boston Breakers 40/4
F 5-6 Basking Ridge, N.J. Portland Thorns FC 132/18
M 5-9 Golden, Colo. Portland Thorns FC 41/4
M 5-7 Mesa, Ariz. Chicago Red Stars 55/13
D 5-2 Gibsonia, Pa. Portland Thorns FC 70/3
D 5-6 Dumfries, Va. Orlando Pride 98/1
M 5-8 Delran, N.J. Houston Dash 244/97
M 5-8 Northport, N.Y. Portland Thorns FC 32/6
F 5-7 Diamond Bar, Calif. Orlando Pride 132/78
GK 5-9 Stratford, Conn. Chicago Red Stars 21/0
D 5-5 Fayetteville, Ga. Sky Blue FC 102/2
F 5-7 Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Chicago Red Stars 94/44
F 5-5 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Washington Spirit 28/6
F 5-7 Redding, Calif. Seattle Reign FC 127/34
D 5-7 St. Louis, Mo. FC Kansas City 133/0
GK 5-9 Richland, Wash. Seattle Reign FC 202/0

2016 U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team

Morgan Brian

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
St. Simons Island, Ga.

Club:
Houston Dash

Crystal Dunn

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-1

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Club:
Chelsea FC

Whitney Engen

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

Club:
Boston Breakers

Tobin Heath

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Basking Ridge, N.J.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Lindsey Horan

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Golden, Colo.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Julie Ertz

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Mesa, Ariz.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Meghan Klingenberg

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Gibsonia, Pa.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Ali Krieger

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Dumfries, Va.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Carli Lloyd

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Delran, N.J.

Club:
Houston Dash

Allie Long

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Northport, N.Y.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Alex Morgan

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Diamond Bar, Calif.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Alyssa Naeher

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Stratford, Conn.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Kelley O'Hara

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fayetteville, Ga.

Club:
Sky Blue FC

Christen Press

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Mallory Pugh

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Club:
Washington Spirit

Megan Rapinoe

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Redding, Calif.

Club:
Seattle Reign FC

Becky Sauerbrunn

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Hope Solo

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Richland, Wash.

Club:
Seattle Reign FC

Group E
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Brazil
3
2 0
1
8 1 7 7
China 3 1 1 1
2 3 -1 4
Sweden
3 1 1 1 2 5 -3 4
South Africa 3
0 2 1 0 3 -3 1

Group F
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Canada 3 3 0 0 7 2 5 9
Germany 3
1 1
1 9
5
4
4
Australia 3
1 1 1 8
5
3
4
Zimbabwe 3
0 3
0 3
15
-12 0

Group G
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
United States 3 2 0 1 5
2 3 7
France 3 2 1
0 7 1
6 6
New Zealand
3 1 2 0 1 5 -4 3
Colombia 3 0 2 1 2 7 -5 1

Group E Schedule

No. Date Match Result Venue
1 Aug. 3 Sweden vs. South Africa 1-0
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
3 Aug. 3 Brazil vs. China 3-0
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
10 Aug. 6 South Africa vs. China PR 0-2
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
12 Aug. 6 Brazil vs. Sweden 5-1
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
15 Aug. 9 South Africa vs. Brazil 0-0
Amazônia Arena; Manaus
16 Aug. 9 China PR vs. Sweden 0-0
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia

Group F Schedule

No. Date Match Result Venue
2 Aug. 3 Canada vs. Australia 2-0
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
4 Aug. 3 Zimbabwe vs. Germany 1-6
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
7 Aug. 6 Canada vs. Zimbabwe 3-1
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
9 Aug. 6 Germany vs. Australia 2-2
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
17 Aug. 9 Australia vs. Zimbabwe 6-1
Fonte Nova Arena; Salvador
18 Aug. 9 Germany vs. Canada 1-2
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia

Group G Schedule

No. Date Match Result Venue
5 Aug. 3 United States vs. New Zealand 2-0
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão
6 Aug. 3 France vs. Colombia 4-0
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão
8 Aug. 6
United States vs. France 1-0
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão
11 Aug. 6 Colombia vs. New Zealand 0-1
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão
13 Aug. 9 Colombia vs. United States 2-2
Amazônia Arena; Manaus
14 Aug. 9 New Zealand vs. France 0-3
Fonte Nova Arena; Salvador

Quarterfinals

No. Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
19 Aug. 12 United States vs. Sweden
1-1 (3-4 PKs)
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia
20 Aug. 12 China vs. Germany
0-1
Fonte Nova Arena; Salvador
21 Aug. 12 Canada vs. France
6 p.m. | CNBC
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
22 Aug. 12 Brazil vs. Australia
9 p.m. | NBCSN
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão

Semifinals

No. Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
24 Aug. 16 Brazil vs. Sweden 0-0 (3-4 PKs)
Maracanã; Rio de Janeiro
23 Aug. 16 Canada vs. Germany 0-2
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão

Third Place

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
Aug. 19 Brazil vs. Canada 12 p.m. | MSNBC
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia
winner Group E vs. third place Group F/G
winner Group E vs. third place Group F/G
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão

Final

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
Aug. 19 Sweden vs. Germany
4:30 p.m. | NBCSN, Telemundo
Maracanã; Rio de Janeiro
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia
winner Group E vs. third place Group F/G
winner Group E vs. third place Group F/G
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão
2016 Rio Olympics U.S. WNT Statistics
Record: 2-0-2

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Brian, Morgan
M 4
4 337 0 1
1 0/0
Dunn, Crystal
F 4 2 225 1 1 3 1/0
Engen, Whitney
D 2 2 180 0 0 0 0/0
Heath, Tobin
M 3 3 300
0 2 2 0/0
Horan, Lindsey
M 4 1 133 0 0 0 0/0
Johnston, Julie
D 2 2 210
0 0 0 0/0
Klingenberg, Meghan
D 3 3 299 0 0 0 0/0
Krieger, Ali
D 2 1 111 0 0 0 1/0
Lloyd, Carli M 4 4 336 2 1 5 1/0
Long, Allie
M 4 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Morgan, Alex
F 4 3 335 2 0 4 0/0
Naeher, Alyssa
GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
O'Hara, Kelley
D 4
4 341 0 0 0 0/0
Press, Christen F 4 1 123 0 0 0 0/0
Pugh, Mallory
F 3 2 198 1
0
2 0/0
Rapinoe, Megan
M 2
1 59 0 0 0 0/0
Sauerbrunn, Becky
D 4 4 390 0 0 0 0/0
Solo, Hope
GK 4 4 390 0 0 0 0/0









Own Goal





0



Totals


4
4 390 6 5 17 3/0

Opponent Totals


4 4 390 3 1 7 6/0

2016 Rio Olympics U.S. WNT Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Naeher, Alyssa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Solo, Hope
4 4 390 6 3 2 0.69 2-0-2

Totals

4
4 390 6 3 2 0.69 2-0-2

Opponent Totals

4 4 390 3 6 0 1.38 0-2-2

Updated through Aug. 12, 2016

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