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
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
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
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.