The last time the two teams faced off was in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics. That didn’t end so well for the U.S., as the squad lost in a penalty shootout. Hope Solo might have said a few words after the match, but I have blocked the whole day from my memory.
Seattle Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe is back on the squad after fully recovering from her ACL tear. In eight NWSL matches, she already has four goals and one assist for Seattle. Can she extend her play for the national team?
In recognition of LGBTQ Pride month in June, the USWNT will wear pride-inspired kits that include rainbow numbers—just as the men’s team wore in a friendly against Venezuela. The squad also released a new video in partnership with the You Can Play Project.
Quite a special moment for us LGBTQ and our allies ❤️ . https://t.co/ML2RFlAxWR— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) June 8, 2017
Sweden brought in a veteran squad for the friendly—likely in preparation for its upcoming EURO competition matches. The team is known for its disciplined defense, something U.S. fans might remember from the 2016 Olympics. To break through, the U.S. will need to have dynamic movement in the midfield. It will be a great test for Rose Lavelle or Samantha Mewis, two young talents who show a lot of promise. Lavelle can provide the creativity in the attack, with Mewis serving as a link between the attack and backline.
The USA holds a record of 20-6-11 against Sweden dating back to 1987. Sweden has the third most wins against the U.S., behind Norway (19) and China (9). This is just a friendly for the U.S., so expect Jill Ellis to do what she’s become known for: tinker with formations and player positions.
How to Watch
When: Thursday, June 8, 10:30 AM PT
Where: Gamla Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden
TV: ESPN2, UDN
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