[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. defenderChristie Ramponeinto 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).