United States Women’s National Team (Soccer) Surges Past Sweden 3-1 In Tune-Up

Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath scored goals for the U.S. Women’s National Team as they defeated Sweden on their home turf, 3-1. Abby opened things up in the 8th minute of the match when she caught Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl off her line. The goal was Abby’s 136th in international competition, trailing only the legendary Mia Hamm (158) on the all-time United States WNT list. Heather O’Reilly notched her 36th career assist on the play.

In the 22nd minute, Alex Morgan proved once more that she is the team’s most potent weapon in 2012. The leading goal scorer for the WNT this year beat Lindahl to the far post for what would prove to be the winning goal. Swedish star Lotta Schelin would put her team on the board with a shot off the outside of her right foot past US goalkeeper Hope Solo and Tobin Heath would add another goal for Team USA, but the US squad was never in danger of losing.

Part of the reason for the US team not being in trouble of losing goes to clutch saves by Solo. She had the 1 on 1 goal by Lotta go by her, but she was tested and passed the test in this match. Although the Swedes trailed in overall shots, they had more shots on goal, 6 to 5, than the US. A lot of that had to do with the American’s back 4. That is a cause of concern. They were not tight at all. Our team can get away with that against Sweden, but not against better teams like Japan. It puts too much pressure on Solo to make great saves. In the Olympics, eventually a team would make the WNT pay for sloppy defensive play. If they tighten up the play of the back 4, they will win the gold. If not…

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