Planet Futbol Watch: Rose Lavelle gives USWNT win vs. Sweden in Olympic quarterfinals rematch SI-share-whatsapp Created with Sketch. Watch Rose Lavelle’s game-winning goal for the U.S. women’s national team against Sweden. By SI.com Staff June 08, 2017 The last time the U.S. women’s national team faced Sweden, it wound up with its earliest exit from a major tournament ever and the beginning of the end for Hope Solo’s national team career. So it’s safe to say Jill Ellis’s side enjoyed the more favorable result it secured in the rematch. Rose Lavelle’s second-half goal provided the difference in a 1-0 friendly win in Gothenburg, Sweden, that kicked off a two-game Scandinavia swing for the Americans. Alex Morgan was not available after aggravating a hamstring injury, but Carli Lloyd, Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn & Co. suited up with revenge on the mind after the penalty-kick ouster in Brazil in August. What followed was Solo’s infamous “cowards” comment and a turning of the page for the U.S. women, who have experimented in subsequent friendlies and tournaments in hopes of finding a winning combination leading into the 2019 World Cup. The two sides played to a cagey first half, with neither really threatening the other.
Olivia Schough had Sweden’s best opportunity, a speculative blast from distance that Alyssa Naeher tipped over the bar with relative ease. Lavelle, one of the new faces worked into the mix since the Olympics failure, snapped the deadlock in the 56th minute, scoring from a tough angle. The Boston Breakers rookie took a pass from Dunn on the right side and finished with a low shot to the far post to make it 1-0 over ex-U.S. manager Pia Sundhage’s side. The USA held on from there and will look to go 2-for-2 in Scandinavia when taking on Norway on Sunday. You May Like More Planet Futbol Sign Up for our Newsletter Don’t get stuck on the sidelines! Sign up to get exclusives, daily highlights, analysis and more—delivered right to your inbox! Sign up Now Tags uswnt usa sweden USWNT Sweden carli lloyd christen press mal pugh crystal dunn usa sweden video
The USA is now 21-6-11 all-time against Sweden and since 2010 has had a 5-3-5 advantage. The USA is now 3-0-0 while playing Sweden in Sweden, with the two previous wins coming in 2008, a 1-0 win in Skelleftea; and a 3-1 win in Halmstad in the summer of 2012. Today marked the first time that the USA has defeated a Pia Sundhage-coached Sweden team. Before today, the teams had met four times with three games resulting in a draw, and one in a Sweden win. Rose Lavelle scored her second international goal in just her fifth cap. Lavelle played her first game for the senior team on March 4 against England, playing 90 minutes of excellent soccer in a widely-praised debut. She became the first player to earn a first cap in 2017 and the 14th player to earn a first cap from Ellis.
Lavelle was the first overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft by the Boston Breakers. Defender Abby Dahlkemper entered the match in the 46th minute to earn her third cap with the U.S. WNT. Her first appearance since a friendly against Switzerland on Oct. 23, 2016. Alyssa Naeher made her 14th appearance for the USA and recorded her ninth career shutout. Kelley O’Hara earned her 96th cap tonight, inching her closer to the century mark. Samantha Mewis makes her 13th career start and earned her 23rd cap. Alongside Sauerbrunn and Lloyd, she is the only player to be in the starting lineup of every game the WNT has played in 2017. Crystal Dunn earned her fifth start of the year and 51st cap. She assisted on Lavelle’s goal for her 12th career assist and first of 2017. Becky Sauerbrunn is the only player to have played all 540 minutes played so far. She earned her 125th cap tonight, tying Alex Morgan and Lindsey Tarpley for 26th on the all-time caps list.
Enlarge this image U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo prepares to kick the ball during the Olympic quarterfinals Aug. 12 against Sweden in Brasilia, Brazil. After the Americans lost the match on penalty kicks, Solo described the Swedes as cowards. On Wednesday, U.S. soccer suspended her for those remarks. Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo prepares to kick the ball during the Olympic quarterfinals Aug. 12 against Sweden in Brasilia, Brazil. After the Americans lost the match on penalty kicks, Solo described the Swedes as cowards. On Wednesday, U.S. soccer suspended her for those remarks.
Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images U.S. soccer again has suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo from the women’s national team, but unlike last year, she won’t be back in 30 days. Citing Solo’s accusation of cowardice among Sweden’s players after the team beat the U.S. in the Olympic quarterfinals in Rio de Janeiro, U.S. officials booted Solo for six months. In a statement, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said the comments were “unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players.” In a statement sent to Sports Illustrated, Solo said she was saddened by the decision, and said that “I could not be the player I am without being the person I am, even when I haven’t made the best choices or said the right things.” Solo, 35, has been goalkeeping for the national team since 2000, playing in 202 matches. The United States has won a World Cup and two Olympic gold medals in that span. Gulati said the punishment took into account past incidents involving Solo.
Her previous suspension in 2015 followed an incident during the national team’s training camp in which she was riding in a car with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, when he was stopped and charged with DUI. The Associated Press notes Solo also has ongoing legal issues to contend with: “She has also been trying to avoid trial on misdemeanor domestic violence charges after a 2014 incident at her sister’s home, when the goalkeeper was accused of being intoxicated and assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. Solo said she was a victim in the altercation. Earlier this year, an appeals court in Washington state rejected Solo’s request to avoid trial.”