The United States National Women’s Football Team is ranked No.2. World 1, the defending World Cup champion and a 44-game unbeaten streak leading up to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Of course, the USWNT is the big favorite to win Olympic gold in Tokyo.
But the Americans will have their work cut out for them in their Olympic opener against a Swedish team ranked No.1.5 in the world. The Swedes rebounded the USWNT in the quarterfinals of the last Olympics and held a winning streak for the United States last April in a 1-1 draw. It is the only game the United States has failed to win since January 2019.
American women usually show up on big occasions, and that would be one of them even if it’s early in the tournament. Setting the tone for the rest of the competition, getting revenge and sending a message to the rest of its rivals would be the perfect start to the tournament for the United States.
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It should be a matter of equal quality with some of the best players in the world going head-to-head. Whatever the outcome, both teams will have two more group stage matches to follow. The first two and the best third-place team from the groups will advance to the quarter-finals.
Sporting News follows live updates, turns and highlights from the Group G game at Tokyo Stadium. Track the score and stay on top of all the big moments as they happen.
USWNT vs Sweden live score
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12:30 am: Watch this video and you’ll have all the adrenaline you need to get through the two hours:
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USWNT starting lineup vs Sweden
All eyes are on United States Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski and her first incumbent in her first major competition. Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd start the game on the bench alongside midfielder Julie Ertz, who is available after a lengthy injury layoff.
Meanwhile, the Swedes come out in a 4-3-3 mirror formation instead of a five-defender setup. Defender Magda Eriksson is a surprise absence from the day’s roster, while Juventus forward Lina Hurtig starts off the bench.
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USWNT Entries (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Alyssa Naeher – 2-Crystal Dunn, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 17-Abby Dahlkemper, 5-Kelley O’Hara – 3-Samantha Mewis, 9-Lindsey Horan, 16-Rose Lavelle – 11-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan, 7-Tobin Heath
USWNT Alternates: 18-Adrianna Franch-GK, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Emily Sonnett, 8-Julie Ertz, 6-Kristie Mewis, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe. Absent: 22-Jane Campbell-GK, 20-Casey Krueger, 19-Catarina Macario, 21-Lynn Williams
Beginners from Sweden (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Hedvig Lindahl – 2-Jonna Andersson, 14-Nathalie Bjorn, 13-Amanda Ilestedt, 4-Hanna Glas – 17-Caroline Seger (capt.), 9-Kosovare Asllani, 16-Filippa Angeldal – 18-Fridolina Rolfo, 11 -Stina Blackstenius, 10-Sofia Jakobsson
Sweden substitutes: 12-Jennifer Falk-GK, 3-Emma Kullberg, 5-Hanna Bennison, 15-Olivia Schough, 20-Julia Roddar, 7-Madelen Janogy, 8-Lina Hurtig. Absent: 22-Zecira Musovic-GK, 6-Magdalena Eriksson, 19-Anna Anregistr, 21-Rebecka Blomqvist
How to watch US Olympic football vs Sweden
- Dated: Wednesday July 21
- Time: 4:30 a.m.ET
- TV channel: American network
- Television in Spanish: Telemundo
- TV reruns: NBCSN (8:30 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET)
- Diffusion: fuboTV, NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, NBC Sports app and Telemundo Deportes app (with user authentication)
USA vs Sweden will air live on USA Network and Telemundo at 4:30 am ET. The game is scheduled to be replayed on NBCSN at 8:30 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday. NBCSN can be streamed with fuboTV (7 day free trial).
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All Olympic football games will be broadcast in the United States on NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, the NBC Sports app and the Telemundo Deportes app – all with user authentication.