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USA vs. Sweden, 2019 World Cup: Preview, How to Watch, TV Info, Live Stream, Lineups, and Match Thread

The USWNT goes for the top of the group against the Swedes.

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Welcome to your live thread for the United States Women's National Team against Sweden in World Cup Group F play. The two teams will fight for the top of the group today after both have dispatched Thailand and Chile in the opening two rounds. The USWNT’s World Cup title defense continues today in Le Havre (3 p.m., FOX, Telemundo).

The USWNT is 21-6-11 overall and 3-1-1 in World Cup play against the Swedes. The most recent overall meeting came in June 2017 when the Yanks won 1-0 in Gothenburg on a Rose Lavelle goal. Sweden famously knocked the U.S. out of the 2016 Olympics on penalties after a 1-1 draw. That led to USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo saying some nasty things about the Swedes’ tactics and eventually ushered in the Alyssa Naeher era as the Yanks’ first-choice keeper.

FIFA’s ninth-ranked team, Sweden qualified for the World Cup by winning UEFA Group 4 with a record of 7-1-0. The only loss for the Swedes came against Ukraine on the road. The Blågult (the Blue and Yellow) scored 22 goals in Group 4 qualifying and conceded only twice. Sweden has finished as high as second in the competition (2003), with a pair of third-place finishes (1991, 2011).

Jill Ellis’ side must be extremely patient and focused to break down Sweden’s organized defense, while being mindful of the Blågult on the counter. Sweden has scored seven goals in this tournament and six different players have found the net, with only Kosse Asllani scoring twice. Asllani scored four times in World Cup qualifying and Stina Blackstenius added three goals.

Orlando Pride striker Alex Morgan could tie Michelle Akers for fifth on the USWNT’s all-time goal-scoring list if she scores today. Morgan is on 106 international goals — just one behind Akers.


USWNT (Caps/Goals)

Goalkeepers (3): 21-Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), 18-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 21/0), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 48/0).

DEFENDERS (7): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 42/0), 12-Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 21/1), 19-Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 86/24), 11-Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 101/1), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 119/2), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 159/0), 14-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 34/0).

Midfielders (6): 6-Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 83/6), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 84/19), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 70/9), 16-Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 28/9), 20-Allie Long (Reign FC; 46/6), 3-Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 51/14).

Forwards (7): 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 151/30); 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 276/113), 22-Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 8/2), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 164/106), 23-Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 118/48), 2-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 55/17), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 154/45).


Goalkeepers (3): 1-Hedvig Lindahl (unattached), 12-Jennifer Falk (Kopparbergs/Göteborg), 21-Zecira Musovic (Rosengård).

Defenders (7): 2-Jonna Andersson (Chelsea, England), 3-Linda Sembrant (Montpellier, France), 4-Hanna Glas (Paris Saint-Germain, France), 5-Nilla Fischer (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany), 6-Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea, England), 13-Amanda Ilestedt (Turbine Potsdam, Germany), 18-Nathalie Björn (Rosengård).

Midfielders (6): 8-Lina Hurtig (Linköping), 9-Kosovare Asllani (Linköping), 14-Julia Roddar (Kopparbergs/Göteborg), 17-Caroline Seger (Rosengård), 19-Anna Anvegård (Växjö DFF), 23-Elin Rubensson (Kopparbergs/Göteborg).

Forwards (7): 7-Madelen Janogy (Piteå), 10-Sofia Jakobsson (Montpellier, France), 11-Stina Blackstenius (Linkoping), 16-Julia Zigiotti Olme (Kopparbergs/Göteborg), 18-Fridolina Rolfö (Bayern Munich, Germany), 20-Mimmi Larsson (Linköping), 22-Olivia Schough (Djurgårdens IF).

How to Watch

Match Time: 3 p.m. (ET).

Venue: Stade Océane — Le Havre, France.

TV: FOX, Telemundo.

Streaming: FOX Sports GO, fuboTV, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC Sports Live Extra app.

Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow @StarsStripesFC, @USWNT, and @TheManeLand.

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