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Late Heath goal gives Americans tie
November 20th, 2011 1:41AM

TAGS:  sweden, women's national team


[USA-SWEDEN WOMEN] Tobin Heath scored off a rebound in the 81st minute to give the USA a 1-1 tie with Sweden in its final match of 2011. The game drew 18,482 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

The USA outshot Sweden, 19-7, but hit the woodwork three times. Its only goal came when Alex Morgan got a shot off in the box that goalkeeper Kristin Hammarstrom blocked, and Heath knocked in the rebound.

Sofia Jakobsson scored for Sweden in the 28th minute when her shot deflected slightly U.S. defender Christie Rampone into the corner of the goal.

“I am very happy that we were patient with the system,” said U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, whose team lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. “The most important thing is that we are comfortable with the system and that we did we create chances. It was a great warm-up game for qualification. It was very important that we scored that goal, it was a fantastic goal and we deserved it.”

Nov. 19 in Glendale, Ariz.
USA 1 Sweden 1.
Goals: Heath 81; Jakobsson 28.
USA -- Barnhart, Krieger (Mitts, 46), Buehler, Rampone, Sauerbrunn (Cox, 74), O'Reilly, Lloyd, Boxx, Rodriguez (Heath, 46), Cheney, Wambach (Morgan, 74).
Sweden -- Hammarstrom, Berglund, Sembrant, Svensson, Thunebro, Dahlkvist, Fischer, Almgren (Fors, 61); Jakobsson (Moberg, 87), Landstrom (Edlund, 75), Schelin.
Referee: Kari Seitz (USA).
Att.: 18,482.

  1. Gil Ramirez
    commented on: November 21, 2011 at 1:58 p.m.
    Good for them! Were they televised? I feel sorry that I was not aware of the USW playing on a day with so much soccer and other sports. The USW deserve more support. I am glad to read that 18K+ people went to see them in their final game of the year.
  1. Philip Nolt
    commented on: November 21, 2011 at 3:01 p.m.
    Saddest thing about this game is that it was not shown on national TV. Where is the media in it's support of the women's national team. Lesser men's league games are televised and we get ESPN3! It's all about the money.
  1. Karl Schreiber
    commented on: November 21, 2011 at 10:29 p.m.
    Notwithstanding the glitches in the video-streaming by, I enjoyed watching this game on the Internet, enjoyed it more than the MLS final the next day. The effects of the long pause were quite noticeable with most of the US players although the combination play improved a bit as time went on. Strange that the defense was shaky too often. And in offense: Why let an out-of-shape Wambach play that long? She did not contribute and probably did not gain from the experience. Morgan should have been in there from the beginning. IMHO improvements in individual skills should be a goal even for professional players. Lloyd was the only player who showed some new stuff -- and the great thing was that the knowledgeable audience noticed and appreciated it. To me this, the audience appreciation, was a wonderful moment and was proof that soccer has indeed established itself! Moreover, these are homegrown players, not someone from another country who was given a US passport (as we observe on the MNT and even in some European countries! -- I would like to know if Sundhage really talks about this “new 4-2-3-1” system in public. Really??!! There is way too much emphasis on “systems” and “lineups”, and unfortunately the TV commentators dwell on it. I would like to see Ali Krieger do some diagonal moves when she goes forward instead of staying in the “Aussenbahn” (~ the outside track) as she’s most likely being told by her German team. When I was young enough to coach youth soccer, we emphasized a “system” is a guideline for organizing on the field and we adjust according to the opponents and in general the Dutch “total football” of the 70’s is an acceptable approach. -- Looking forward to more games of the WNT, hopefully on national TV. Best of luck for the qualification tournament!

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