The U.S. women got the best of an old foe on Thursday (July 8), but just barely.
In a game marked by missed opportunities and inconsistency on both sides, the Americans beat Sweden 1-0 on a second-half goal by Rose Lavelle.
It was the first meeting between the teams since Sweden handed Team USA an early ticket home from last summer’s Olympics.
The United States completes a two-game Scandanavian swing on Sunday (June 11), when the team plays Norway (noon CT on Fox).
Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the USA-Sweden game and its participants:
The U.S. record against Sweden is now 21W-6L-11D.
With 97 career goals, Carli Lloyd is poised to become the sixth U.S. player to reach 100. That will put her in impressive company; here’s the Century Club’s elite membership:
Abby Wambach (184 goals)
Mia Hamm (158)
Kristine Lilly (130)
Michelle Akers (107)
Tiffeny Milbrett (100)
Sixty-one of Carli Lloyd’s goals — more than 60 percent — have come since she turned 30. (Her 35th birthday is next month.)
Alyssa Naeher earned her ninth shutout in 12 career starts in goal.
Becky Sauerbrunn is the only American to have played every minute of every game this year.