U.S. WNT Ready To Take On Sweden In Second Game of Two-Game Series
United States Women’s National Team
USA vs. Sweden Pre-Game Notes
Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
July 16, 2010
WOMEN’S WORLD POWERS CLASH IN CONNECTICUT: After a 1-1 draw in Omaha on Tuesday, July 13, the USA and Sweden will face off once again in another installment of one of the most competitive rivalries in women’s soccer on Saturday, July 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. With the USA ranked first in the current FIFA Women’s World Rankings and Sweden at fourth, U.S. fans will once again get to see two of the top women’s teams in the world square off on American soil. The match on Saturday kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or at twitter.com/ussoccer and twitter.com/ussoccer_wnt.
DRAW IN OMAHA: In front of a record crowd at Morrison Stadium on a hot and muggy evening in Omaha, Neb., Amy Rodriguez scored her eighth career international goal just one minute before halftime, but Sweden answered in the 57th minute on a Linda Forsberg goal. The crowd of 6,493 was the most ever to see a soccer game at the Creighton University soccer stadium in the USA’s first visit to Nebraska. Forward Abby Wambach assisted on Rodriguez’ goal and the forward duo were active throughout the game, accounting for all seven of the USA’s shots on goal. All told, 14 of the 18 total shots came from the pair that each played 90 minutes. While the U.S. controlled most of the fist half, Sweden was able to find a bit more of the play in the second half after the U.S. made a couple substitutions. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage has stated that she is using these two matches against Sweden to continue to feel out different players and formations as the team moves towards World Cup qualifying.