Welcome to your live thread for the United States Women's National Team vs. Sweden in the first match under new manager Vlatko Andonovski (7:30 p.m. FS1, TUDN). The USWNT enters a new era without Jill Ellis, who led the team to two World Cup victories and Vlatko’s reign begins tonight in Columbus, OH. This two-game to close out the 2019 calendar year will conclude in Jacksonville on Sunday night.
The USWNT is 18-1-3 in the 2019 calendar year, and hasn’t lost since Jan. 19 in an away match against France. The USWNT is 22-6-11 in the all-time series against Sweden. Whenever the Yanks face the Swedes it is one of the USWNT’s most difficult fixtures, as the U.S. is just 6-3-5 in the last 14 meetings. The teams last met in this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the United States winning 2-0 as Lindsey Horan scored early in the game and Tobin Heath forced an own goal early in the second half. The teams have met six times in World Cup play, with the U.S. holding a 4-1-1 advantage.
The USWNT holds a 6-1-1 mark in eight matches at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, dating back to 1999.
Sweden is No. 5 in the current FIFA World Rankings after a third-place finish in the World Cup. Peter Gerhardsson’s team features 15 of the players who helped Sweden beat England in the World Cup third-place match.
To win tonight, the U.S. will need to defend well against Sofia Jakobsson and Stina Blackstenius up top and midfielder Kosovare Asllani, who leads Sweden with 37 career international goals. The Yanks will also have to work harder than usual to beat FIFA Goalkeeper of the World finalist Hedvig Lindahl.
Kelley O’Hara, Ali Krieger, Tierna Davidson, Crystal Dunn and Megan Rapinoe are unavailable for selection as they recover from injuries, while Orlando Pride striker Alex Morgan sits out due to her pregnancy.
Goalkeepers (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit; 0/0), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 3/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 23/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 56/0).
Defenders (6): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 0/0), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 52/0), Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue FC; 0/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 169/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 30/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 38/0).
Midfielders (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 86/7), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 93/19), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 77/12), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 36/10), Allie Long (Reign FC; 50/8), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 59/14), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 13/0).
Forwards (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 160/32), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 286/118), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 13/2), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 128/49), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 60/18), Margaret Purce (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 19/4).
Goalkeepers (3): 1-Hedvig Lindahl (VFL Wolfsburg, GER), 12-Jennifer Falk (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), 21-Zecira Musovic (FC Rosengård).
Defenders (7): 2-Jonna Andersson (Chelsea FC, ENG), 3-Linda Sembrant (Juventus, ITA), 4-Hanna Glas (Paris Saint-Germain FC, FRA), 5-Nathalie Björn (FC Rosengård), 6-Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea FC, ENG), 15-Jessica Samuelsson (FC Rosengård), 23-Emma Kullberg (KIF Örebro).
Midfielders (3): 9-Kosovare Asllani (CD Tacón, ESP), 17-Caroline Seger (FC Rosengård), 22-Michelle De Jongh (Vittsjö GIK).
Forwards (10): 7-Madelen Janogy (Piteå IF DFF), 8-Lina Hurtig (Linköpings FC),10-Sofia Jakobsson (CD Tacón, ESP), 11-Stina Blackstenius (Linköpings FC), 13-Julia Karlernäs (Piteå IF DFF), 14-Hanna Bennison (FC Rosengård), 16-Julia Zigiotti Olme (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), 18-Pauline Hammarlund (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), 19-Anna Anvegård (FC Rosengård), 20-Loreta Kullashi (Eskilstuna United DFF).
How to Watch
Match Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Mapfre Stadium — Columbus, OH.
TV: FS1, TUDN.
Streaming: FOX Sports GO.
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