After outscoring opponents 16-0 in their first two games, the United States Women’s National Team face an intriguing test with a bit of revenge on their mind today in the final group stage match against Sweden.
Though the Americans won the last World Cup meeting between the two countries in 2017, Sweden beat Team USA in the 2016 Olympics and handed them their last World Cup loss way back in 2011.
The Swedes dispatched their first two opponents by a combined 7-1 score.
Both teams are already into the knockout rounds but a win or a draw for the U.S. would make them the group winners and set up a Round of 16 match with Spain. A quarterfinal date with France would follow that game if both teams advanced out of the Round of 16.
Should the U.S. slip up and finish second, they would get the runner up from Group E (Netherlands or Canada) and have a potential quarterfinal date with Germany. Neither road appears to be an easy one for the defending champions.
Norway, Australia, Brazil, England, France, Spain, China, Italy, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, United States and Sweden have all advanced but the only Round of 16 match secured is Norway vs Australia.
The results of today’s four matches will decide not only the next opponents for the group E and F winners and runner ups but also what final two teams make it through. Nigeria (3 points), Argentina (2 points), Cameroon (0 points), Chile (0 points) and their fans will all be paying very close attention to the scores today.
USWNT, Sweden showdown closes World Cup group stage (ProSoccerUSA)
VAR overshadows Argentina rally for 3-3 World Cup draw with Scotland (ProSoccerUSA)
World Cup tactical analysis: USA vs Chile shows adaptation (Stars and Stripes FC)
Canada readies for toughest test yet from Netherlands (Equalizer)
Her tears of joy celebrated the resilience of a battered team (New York Times)
U.S. might be the World Cup’s best team. It is definitely the best draw. (New York Times)
Argentina and Scotland played the World Cup’s most exciting game yet (Slate)
On Women’s World Cup rosters, the global impact of Title IX is clear (Washington Post)
‘I have goosebumps right now’: 31-year-old Jessica McDonald describes making her World Cup debut (SB Nation)
Netherlands vs Canada, Noon ET (FOX)
Cameroon vs New Zealand, Noon ET (FS1)
Sweden vs United States, 3 p.m. ET (FOX)
Thailand vs Chile, 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
How to Watch
TV: Fox, Fox Sports 1, Telemundo and Universo
Stream: FoxSports.com, Fox Sports app (with cable subscription) or FuboTV (affiliate link).*
*Brotherly Game has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Brotherly Game and SB Nation may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our guiding principles.