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From Sweden, to Sweden – Equalizer Soccer





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Traditionally, the USA ladies’s nationwide workforce has gotten alongside nicely with its Swedish counterpart. On the inaugural Girls’s World Cup in 1991, the 2 sides stayed on the similar lodge. The American gamers lent the Swedes their pasta. When the US ultimately received the match, they returned to the lodge with the phrase “Congratulations” spelled out in Swedish soccer kits. One of the vital profitable coaches in current USWNT historical past is a Swede: Pia Sundhage.

That particular relationship may change considerably, nonetheless, after the US endured defeat to Sweden in a second straight main match.

On Sunday, after the groups performed out a 0-0 draw within the World Cup second spherical, Sweden received on penalty kicks. As a consequence, the USA suffered its earliest elimination but. There have been American tears, Swedish smiles, ABBA enjoying within the background. There was a Megan Rapinoe penalty miss, of all issues, one thing the participant herself described succinctly as “darkish comedy.”

On the final Olympic competitors, two years in the past in Tokyo, the USA misplaced 3-0 to the identical opposition of their group stage opener. Now, following Sunday’s shootout heartbreak, Vlatko Andonovski’s aggressive tenure is bookmarked by losses to Sweden. And, in a manner, these two matches supply an incisive summation of his time in cost thus far.

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