It was a game of few big chances for either side, but team USA held on for a shutout against a Swedish squad that desperately needed a win. This maybe wasn't the match many were expecting given the sellout crowd and the talent on the field, and the US will be disappointed to take only a point and move on without having proven themselves the dominant force in their group.
Both teams started aggressively, looking for an early goal and pushing the pace. Neither side was putting together long stretches of possession, looking instead to play quickly, although Sweden did hold on to the ball more as the half progressed.
The referee was letting physical play go, and there were potential penalties waved off at both ends of the field in the first half. In the second 45, the pace remained high as both teams were again pushing for a goal. But execution wasn't there in either attacking third. The US struggled to get behind a tough Sweden defense, and when they did, crosses were high or passes too long.
Jill Ellis brought on a trio of attackers to try to clinch the victory, first Amy Rodriguez, then Abby Wambach and finally Alex Morgan. While the half-chances started to tip in favor of the US, it was actually Sweden who nearly snagged a goal -- if it weren't for the head of Meghan Klingenberg on the line:
The final minutes saw USA pushing high and dominating possession. Magan Rapinoe in particular continued to find ways to beat defenders and work in dangerous passes, but none of her teammates could find the right shot.
The US move on to face Nigeria Tuesday, and currently lead Group D with 4 points.