Women’s World Cup: It’s Sweden And The United States… AgainJune 20, 2019
In their women’s soccer history, the United States holds a 21-6-11 record over Sweden.
But over their past 10 matches, it’s Sweden that holds a narrow edge, going 4-3-3 against the powerful Americans.
Whether Sweden is a “thorn in the U.S.’s side,” as Fox Sports analyst and former American star Heather O’Reilly said, or a “bogey team,” as stated by Fox Sports analyst and former British star Eniola Aluko, Thursday’s match to decide Group F’s champion isn’t to be missed.
Both teams took care of business against Thailand and Chile and will move on the knockout round regardless of Thursday’s outcome. However, the winner of the Group – Sweden with a win, the United States with a win or draw – will get a better seed in the knockout round.
The Swedes and Americans know each other very well.
This year marks the eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup. Sweden and the United States have been in the same group six times, including the past five World Cups (1991 was the other year). The United States is 19-1-3 in Group Play in the World Cup – the loss came to Sweden.
And in the last big-time match between the teams, Sweden upset the United States on penalty kicks en route to a silver medal at the Rio Olympics.
To get you ready for the big match, which we expect to be as tight as recent matches between the teams, we encourage you check out ESPN’s Julie Foudy, who juggles a soccer ball while giving her thoughts? And check out our “Five to Watch” from earlier this year or World Cup preview.