The United States Women’s National Team plays their third Group F game on Thursday against Sweden. Watch and comment along here with fellow Badgers and soccer fans as Rose Lavelle tries to score a hat trick, to improve on her brace from game one, in her second ever World Cup game since she got the day off against Chile.
WHAT: Third and final Group F game for both teams. USA, first in group, 2-0-0, +16; Sweden, second in group, 2-0-0, +7
WHERE: Stade Océane, Le Havre, France
WHEN: 2 p.m. CST/1 p.m. EST
HOW TO WATCH: FOX and Telemundo; list of watch parties around the country
STREAM: FOX Sports Go or the FOX Sports app
The USWNT and Sweden have a storied history on the pitch. They have played each other in five straight (and six overall) World Cups and the Swedes handed the Americans their last loss in World Cup play, a 2-1 defeat in 2011.
More recently, Sweden beat the USA in the 2016 Olympic quarterfinals on penalty kicks. You’ll remember that the Americans outshot Sweden 27-6 during the game, but that didn’t matter as Sweden went on to claim the silver medal. However, the last time the two teams met, albeit in a friendly, the Red, White and Blue emerged victorious 1-0 thanks to our girl Rose Lavelle.
Swedish midfielder Kosovare Asllani has scored in both group games, giving her two goals in 180 minutes played while someone like Lavelle, say, has the same amount of goals in 123 fewer minutes. Alex Morgan (90 minutes played) still leads the tournament in scoring with five goals, but she is now joined by Austrailia’s Sam Kerr (270 minutes played) atop the Golden Boot rankings.
Despite both teams having already qualified for the knockout stages, the 39th all-time meeting between Sweden and the United States will still be one not to miss.
**Julie Ertz is out with a hip injury**