The USA ladies’s nationwide group enters the knockout stage with a ton of uncertainty as they pursue a 3rd consecutive Girls’s World Cup, and it’s waters they haven’t been in very a lot.
After a 0-0 draw in opposition to Portugal final week, it seems the People have a steep hill to climb in opposition to Sweden, who have been the winners of their group and have but to drop a recreation. The U.S. defeated Vietnam soundly however drew criticism with ties in opposition to the Netherlands and Portugal.
The U.S. has by no means been eradicated earlier than the third-place recreation. The final time the group completed in third place got here in 2007, when Abby Wambach was lighting up goalkeepers, and Hope Solo was making saves.
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Lindsey Horan downplayed the criticism lobbed on the group and likened it to simply “noise.”
“Once more, it’s noise and, once more, it’s an opinion and everyone seems to be entitled to their very own opinion. We all know that’s the way it goes,” Horan stated. “I at all times need to defend my group and say, ‘You don’t have any concept what’s happening behind the scenes, you don’t have any concept each single coaching what we’re doing individually, collectively, and many others.”
The U.S. will likely be with no key a part of their final Girls’s World Cup run – Rose Lavelle. She acquired her second yellow card of the event in opposition to Portugal and will likely be compelled to overlook Sunday’s recreation.
The final time the U.S. and Sweden confronted off was on the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Sweden gained 3-0. The U.S. final topped Sweden 3-2 in a global pleasant again in 2019. The U.S. beat Sweden in group play throughout the 2019 Girls’s World Cup.
Here’s what to know concerning the Spherical of 16.
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How will you watch the U.S. vs Sweden?
USA vs. Sweden will kick off at 5 a.m. ET on Tuesday on FOX with protection starting at 4 a.m. ET. Followers can tune in to watch the match right here.
Who performs for the U.S.?
- Goalkeepers: Aubrey Kingsbury, Casey Murphy, Alyssa Naeher
- Defenders: Alana Prepare dinner, Emily Fox, Crystal Dunn, Naomi Girma, Sofia Huerta, Kelley O’Hara, Emily Sonnett
- Midfielders: Savannah Demelo, Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, Kristia Mewis, Ashley Sanchez, Andi Sullivan
- Forwards: Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Trinity Rodman, Sophia Smith, Alyssa Thompson, Lynn Williams
Who performs for Sweden?
- Goalkeepers: Zecira Musovc, Jennifer Falk and Tove Enblom
- Defenders: Jonna Andersson, Linda Sembrant, Stina Lennartsson, Anna Sandberg, Magdalena Eriksson, Amanda Ilestedt and Nathalie Bjorn.
- Midfielders: Flippa Angeldal, Caroline Segar, Johanna Kaneryd, Hana Bennison and Elina Rubensson
- Forwards: Madelen Janogy, Lina Hurtig, Kosovare Asllani, Sofia Jakobsson, Stina Blackstenius, Rebecka Blomqvist, Fridolina Rolfo and Oliva Schough.
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How did the U.S. and Sweden get right here?
The U.S. completed second of their group after defeating Vietnam and tying with the Netherlands and Portugal. The squad is on the lookout for its third consecutive World Cup title.
Sweden has but to lose within the World Cup to date. The group defeated South Africa, Italy and Argentina on their strategy to a gaggle win and a knockout spherical berth in opposition to the U.S.