The United States’ national women’s soccer team is ranked No.1 in the world, defending World Cup champions, and on a 44-game unbeaten streak leading up to the 2021 Tokyo 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 first Olympic game against a Swedish team ranked 5th in the world. The Swedes rebounded the USWNT in the quarterfinals of the last Olympics and ended an American winning streak 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 get up for special 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 level and high quality affair with some of the best players in the world one-on-one. 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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4h25: The kick-off is almost here. The hymns are played now.
4:01 am: The numbers show that the United States has won, but Sweden has played against the Americans in recent years:
#USWNT kicks off the Olympics against Sweden at 3.30am CT in the US and Telemundo!
🇺🇸 The United States is 13-1-4 in Olympic group games, losing only to Norway in 2008.
🇸🇪 Sweden eliminated the United States on PK at the 2016 Olympics.
😴 No more notes when I wake up …
– Paul Carr (@PaulCarr) July 21, 2021
3h48: LA Times reporter Kevin Baxter is on the ground in Tokyo:
12:30 am: Watch this video and you’ll have all the adrenaline you need to get through the two hours:
To the best fans in the world 🇺🇸⚽️,
Thousands of miles away and many time zones, we always feel your energy and support mean everything as we launch our Olympic journey.
Now get ready, because
HERE WE COME! 👏 pic.twitter.com/nmcxIMUYuZ
– American Football WNT (@USWNT) July 21, 2021
00:23: First morning early with Olympic football. I promise, it won’t be so bad:
USWNT starting lineup vs Sweden
All eyes are on United States Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovsky and her first roster 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. Surprise absence of defender Magda Eriksson in the lineup of the day seems to be related to an injury, while Juventus striker Lina Hurtig starts off on 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.