In a grudge match against former USWNT coach Pia Sundhage, Team USA was forced to settle for a 0-0 tie in Group D play at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. After giving up 3 goals to Nigeria, Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl bounced back with a strong effort to deny the American squad on several goal opportunities. Coach Sundhage doesn’t hold her tongue, giving the USA some extra motivation with comments this past year about Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach and controversial goalkeeper Hope Solo. Once again, Solo was solid in goal (with a little assistance) and Wambach did give a spark when she subbed in for emerging star Cristen Press late in the second half. However, the best save of the game for the Americans was by Meghan Klingenberg, heading off a shot that would have won the match for Sweden. It was a good move by Solo to hold Klingenberg in position in goal on that play with a crowded box. Swedish goalkeeper Lindahl was named Player of the Match, but that save by Klingenberg to me was the play of the match. It kept Team USA in the lead in Group D at 4 points. But there is all to play for against Nigeria (1 pt) on Tuesday. Australia (3 pts) will take on Sweden (2 pts) in the other Group D match. The USA, thanks to their defense with Hope Solo (and Klingenberg) does have the only positive goal differential in Group D.
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UNITED STATES ties Sweden, 0-0