USWNT to play in Sweden, Norway

The Equalizer Staff April 7, 2017 18
Pia Sundhage's Swedish side will welcome the USWNT to Gothenburg on June 8. (Photo Copyright Harjeet Johal for The Equalizer)

Pia Sundhage’s Swedish side will welcome the USWNT to Gothenburg on June 8. (Photo Copyright Harjeet Johal for The Equalizer)

U.S. Soccer officially announced matches away to Sweden and Norway in June, part of head coach Jill Ellis’s desire to play tougher opponents in 2017. Norway had previously announced the match in Sandefjord, which will be on Sunday, June 11. Sweden announced the June 8 fixture on Friday to mark 100 days until the start of Euro 2017. Sweden will also play against Scotland on June 13.

The match against Sweden and former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage will be the first since the sides required penalties to decide their Olympic quarterfinal match. Sweden prevailed and eventually won the silver medal but the results of the match have been far reaching. Hope Solo has not played for team since after calling Swedish cowards for their match tactics and being suspended by U.S. Soccer. Ellis went into the fall with a 3-5-2 formation that a seemed to be in response to her team’s inability to break down the Swedish bunker.

Ironically, Ellis abandoned the 3-5-2 in Thursday’s friendly against Russia. It remains to be seen if the move is permanent.

Both June matches will be televised live. June 8 in Gothenburg will kick off at 1:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. The June 11 match is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on FOX. That will be the 50th meeting between the U.S. and Norway including some of the most important women’s soccer from the 1990s and 200.

  • Ashley C

    Hmm.

    @allibecc Have heard #USWNT players are flying out immediately following their #NWSL matches on June 3/4.— John D. Halloran (@JohnDHalloran) April 7, 2017

    • guest

      FIFA women’s international match calendar window for June starts on June 5 and runs thru June 13th. USWNT matches are on June 8th and 11th and both dates are within FIFA window when clubs are required to release players. The NWSL schedule skips the FIFA window, NWSL games on Sat/Sun June3/4, then break until NWSL schedule resumes on Sat 17th.

      If Halloran’s info is correct, then USWNT players flying out immediately following their NWSL matches on June 3/4 would make sense.

      • tonysocref

        Hoping Halloran’s info is correct, but as most of us know USWNT has not followed the FIFA windows when bringing in the players. The current window opened on 3 April but JE brought the players into camp on 30 March.

  • Gary Diver

    For some reason USWNT never plays well against Sweden. After WC15, Ellis made a comment about being concerned with the Swedish match and obviously she was not able to solve the “Swedish problem” by OG16.

    • Steglitz49

      That is not strictly speaking true. In 2012 leading up to OG-12, the USWNT wiped the grass with the Swedes.

      • sudeep das

        We are talking about recent past here

      • Movement

        That’s because Alex Morgan was on top of the world in 2012.
        Here lately, Morgan is just on top of the couch.

        • Steglitz49

          After her two games for Lyon against the Shewolves, objective observers would contend that Alex is finding her grove at least in the Champions League.

  • newsouth

    Norwegian and Swedish blonds > american blonds. are any of these games going to be played in south cal, or the Nordics only play in NYRick’s weather?

    • Steglitz49

      The game against Sweden is in Göteborg, the soccer capital of Sweden where Christen Press spent a formative year and had a marvelous season. The match against Norway is somewhere in Norway.

    • Ashley C

      Hair color has nothing to do with this post.

  • Tom F

    USA vs Sweden? More like Steg vs the Equalizer board, Part deux, or is Part XXI? Anyways here’s the Canada vs Sweden game from yesterday. The Swedes didn’t look to good, but then Pia always saves the best for the US
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1rN3OYNHXg

    • Silver Frost

      I prefer reruns of USA v FRA, SBC 2017.

      • sudeep das

        Absolutely. US should play the French more along with the Dutch, the English and the Spanish. After playing some great games in the two youth World Cups last year and the Champions League this year WoSo in Spain is looking very promising.

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    • Steglitz49

      Sweden did not look too good against Brazil in OG-16 either. Worst loss for their WNT in their history. A silver medal was their reward. Life goes on.

  • AlexH

    Well at least the Fed is making good on its promise to schedule tougher matches.

  • FawcettFan4

    Kudos to USSF for scheduling tougher matches. Norway hasn’t been as big a challenge of late but Sweden always has the USA’s number. And kudos to the networks for broadcasting these away matches.