United States vs. Sweden, Girls’s Soccer
The strongest of the three teams for the ladies’s soccer event is arguably Group G, which options the USA, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. Whereas Australia and Sam Kerr, who led the Girls’s Tremendous League in objectives this season, will current a check for the USA, it’s the match in opposition to Sweden that American followers will most look ahead to.
5 years in the past on the Rio Video games, the USA was the clear favourite for gold. The People have been the three-time defending Olympic champions and reigning World Cup champions, however they have been surprisingly eradicated by Sweden within the first spherical of the knockout stage after the match went to a penalty shootout. Sweden’s coach on the time, Pia Sundhage, was a former USWNT supervisor. Her crew performed a extremely defensive sport to decelerate the U.S. assault, which in the end helped ship the sport to penalties. The tactic didn’t sit effectively with U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who famously criticized Sweden afterward for his or her passive gameplan.
The 2 groups renewed their rivalry in the course of the group stage of the 2019 World Cup, with the USWNT exacting revenge within the type of a 2-0 scoreline. Sweden, which is FIFA’s third-highest ranked crew among the many Olympic entrants, has been drawn into a gaggle with the U.S. at 5 straight World Cups, making this probably the most incessantly performed fixtures at main tournaments.
Different thrilling matchups might await the USWNT within the knockout stage. Specifically, a fixture in opposition to the Netherlands could be a captivating rematch of the World Cup last, and taking part in Japan on their house soil could be very entertaining, particularly if followers are current.
Date to mark: July 21 (group stage match)