5 more things you might not know about USA vs. Sweden


Kelley O’Hara vs. Sweden. (Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images)

The U.S. women beat Sweden 1-0 on Thursday (June 8), in the first of two Scandanavian stops. The Americans play Norway on Sunday (June 11). The game is on Fox at noon CT.

Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the USA-Sweden game and its participants:



Becky Sauerbrunn earned her 125th cap, tying Alex Morgan and Lindsey Tarpley for 26th on the U.S. list.


Becky Sauerbrunn. (Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images Europe)


Sweden took 10 corner kicks, compared with just two for the United States.


Pia Sundhage. (Scott Heppell/AP)

Pia Sundhage. (Scott Heppell/AP)

This was the Americans’ first victory over Sweden since Pia Sundhage, the former U.S. coach, took over her homeland’s national team at the end of 2012.

Three earlier matches ended in draws, one, at the 2014 Algarve Cup, in a 1-0 Swedish victory.


Rose Lavelle, who scored the game’s only goal, was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft. An All-American from the University of Wisconsin, she was selected by the Boston Breakers.



Sweden is ranked sixth in the world; the United States is No. 2, behind Germany. The next rankings come out on June 23.

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