US women beat Sweden 3-1

Abby Wambach’s 136th career goal for the U.S. women’s team led

the Americans past Sweden 3-1 Saturday in a tune-up for the London

Olympics.

Wambach connected just 8 minutes in, then Alex Morgan scored in

the 22nd. Sweden’s Lotta Schelin scored in the 35th minute, and

substitute Tobin Heath sealed the game with a header 11 minutes

into the second half.

Wambach’s goal came off a punt from goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Heather O’Reilly won the ball in the air, nodding it to Wambach.

She turned on a defender and her half-volley from 35 yards caught

keeper Hedvig Lindahl out of her goal.

”It was a good experience for us, playing the third-best team

in the world and scoring three goals,” U.S. coach Pia Sundhage

said. ”I am very happy that Abby and Alex, our goal scorers, each

scored a goal, and that Tobin Heath came off the bench to score.

Part of the game was pretty good, and we are taking another step

closer to the Olympics. We are seeing the start of our run to the

Olympics and we are happy with the 90 minutes we played

today.”

The U.S. team will have one day of rest before facing Japan on

Monday. The Japanese beat the Americans for the World Cup title

last year.

In the 22nd minute, Morgan raced past a defender to gather a

pass from ShannonBoxx and send a right-footed shot into the lower

left corner from 13 yards as she fell to the turf. The goal was

Morgan’s team-leading 15th of the year.

Schelin and Sweden captain Nilla Fischer played a give-and-go

near the top of the penalty area on the left side. U.S. defender

Rachel Buehler got a piece of Fischer’s return pass, but not enough

to stop the scoring chance. Schelin caught Solo charging out of her

goal to lift a shot into the right corner.

Wambach, usually on the end of crosses for header goals, played

provider on Heath’s score with a perfect looping cross. Heath got

inside her defender at the far post and calmly bounced her header

home 7 yards.