USWNT Faces Familiar Foe in Sweden on Friday in Winnipeg
The U.S. Women’s National Team will continue Group D play at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it faces Sweden on Friday, June 12, at Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg, Canada.
The game against Sweden will not only be the 36th meeting between both teams, but it will be a reunion between an old coach and her former team on the grandest stage in women’s soccer. The last time the USA and Sweden played each other in a World Cup was in 2011, when the U.S. was under the direction of Pia Sundhage. This time around, Sundhage will still be on the sidelines; however, she will on the other bench as she is the current head coach of her native Sweden. Sundhage served as the head coach of the USWNT from 2008-12, finishing with a 91-6-10 overall record in 107 matches contested. She won the Olympic gold medals with the USA in both 2008 and 2012, and the Algarve Cup in both 2008 and 2010. Additionally, she guided the USA to a second place finish at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. has faced a Sundhage-led Sweden team twice since she took the reins of her home country. The teams met on March 11, 2013, at the Algarve Cup in Lagos, Portugal, where the USA drew Sweden 1-1. More recently, the two sides met on March 7, 2014, also at the Algarve in Portugal, a 1-0 U.S loss. With the exception of Julie Johnston and Morgan Brian, Sundhage coached every other player on the U.S. roster at one point or another during her time as U.S. head coach.
GROUP D STANDINGS: The USA (1-0-0; 3 points) began group play on June 8 when it defeated Australia 3-1 in its opening match of the tournament. Megan Rapinoe scored twice and Christen Press added a goal to lift the USA past Australia (0-1-0; 0 points) in front of over 31,000 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. In the other Group D matchup, Nigeria (0-0-1) and Sweden (0-0-1) played to a thrilling 3-3 draw that saw Nigeria erase a 2-0 deficit in the second half and then equalize late in the game after the Swedes had made it 3-2. Following the conclusion of the first round of Group D matches, the USA sits in first place as it was the only team to record a win on the day. The U.S. will finish group play against Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver. The USA, Nigeria and Sweden have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
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