The USA, ranked 2nd in the world, have a tough match tonight (Friday June 12th) as they will be facing Sweden, ranked close to them at 5th. Not only are they close in ranking, but the Swedish team are managed by the USA's former coach Pia Sundhage who brought them a lot of success in her years at the reins.
Although there was criticism over the American teams performance in their match against Australia, a 3-1 victory has put them in a strong position. The team are motivated and fired up by the challenge of winning this year's Women's World Cup, and their ex-coach being on the opposing team will only act as a strong encouragement to bring back another win, as well as their current triumph.
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe kicked off the excitement in their first match and with the help of 26 year old forward Christen Press, they brought the team into victory. USA forward Abby Wambach with 243 international caps with 182 goals is still a strong player and between them all, they make a very strong force to be reckoned with.
Sweden have already discovered the challenging nature of Group D, the “Group of Death”. Although they were leading 2-0 at half time against Nigeria, the Swedish team were pulled back by an exciting attacking performance from Group D's lowest ranked team, finishing at 3-3.
Although forward Lotta Schelin didn't make any goals in their last game, she is still a very strong player with 80 international goals. With only 4 international goals at the time, defender Linda Sembrant temporarily handed the lead back to Sweden in their first match after only 3 minutes on the pitch.
Coach Pia Sundhage knows how the American's work and is likely to use that to her advantage, but the USWNT's are thriving for success. Our prediction for the match is 2-1 to USA.
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