USA vs. Sweden LIVE UPDATES: 2011 Women's World Cup Group C
The USA women's national soccer team takes the field once again at the 2011 World Cup today to take on Sweden for its final match of Group C play.
Both teams are 2-0, having handed North Korea and Columbia each losses, so the showdown promises to be an exciting one.
The match begins at 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN and can be viewed live on ESPN 3.
Sweden tops the US, 2-1, and both squads will advance to the elimination round. Thanks for following!
The officials add three minutes of stoppage time.
The US will suffer its first loss ever in World Cup group play.
Can't seem to put together the scoring chance they need -- only 5 minutes remain in the match.
With just over 10 minutes remaining and still trailing 2-1, the US is going to have to raise its energy level and find an equalizer.
Swedish midfielder Lisa Dahlkvist is helped off the field.
Megan Rapinoe: OFF -- Kelley O'Hara: ON
Sweden is still leading 2-1.
Looks like it wants another goal
USA's Abby Wamback scores off a corner kick to cut the Swedish lead to 2-1.
Therese Sjogran: OFF -- Antonia Goransson: ON
After one hour of play, Sweden maintains its 2-0 lead of the US. The Swedes continue to control the match and make strong defensive plays when US attackers make runs at scoring opportunities.
Stephanie Cox: ON -- Amy LePeilbet: OFF
Quality defending from the US to thwart a possible goal scoring chance for Sweden.
Has never won a group at the World Cup.
Amy Rodriguez: OFF -- Alex Morgan: ON
The US women have never come back from a 2-0 deficit to win or tie in World Cup play.
An early corner from the Americans is punched out by the Swedish keeper.
Both sides have taken the field and we begin play in the second half.
Charles Boehm, editor and senior writer, PotomacSoccerWire.com tweets:
Sweden converted a penalty kick to convert on one golden opportunity and added to its lead with a fortunate deflection to build a 2-0 advantage at the half. Not that the US hasn't had its scoring chances. The Americans are leading 12-5 in shots, meaning that if they can land a few more on goal, play could get closer in the second half.
At 45 minutes of play, it's Sweden 2, USA 0.
The officials add two minutes of stoppage time to the half.
Sweden goes up 2-0 on a Nilla Fischer free kick that deflected off US defender Amy LePeilbet and into the left side of the net.
Look for the US to close out the half with an aggressive run at evening the score.
Score remains 1-0 Sweden, with possession now slightly favoring the Swedes. Shots on goal are knotted at two a piece.
The corner from the US is well defended and results in a Sweden goal kick.
The Swedes fail to get a shot off despite some nice ball movement in the US zone.
And the score remains 1-0 in favor of Sweden, with possession nearly even.
US midfielder Lauren Cheney fires a rocket wide left.