The USA will face Sweden for the first time since the Swedes knocked the USA out of the Olympics in the quarterfinals.
Sweden has been one of the toughest opponents for the USA in recent
years. The Swedes are unbeaten in their last four meetings with the USA and have conceded just two goals in those four games.
U.S. head coach Jill Ellis
has brought 19 players
after Morgan Brian
and Alex Morgan
dropped out with injuries and Jaelene Hinkle
withdrew for personal reasons. Lynn Williams
was added to the roster after Morgan was
injured in the UEFA Champions League final.
Besides Brian and Morgan, two other starters from the U.S. team that lost to Sweden in a shootout are not with the team. Hope Solo
her national team contract terminated after the game and Tobin Heath
has been injured.
Sweden is preparing for Euro 2017 next month in the Netherlands, where it was drawn into
Group B with Germany, Russia and Italy. Sweden easily qualified while winning seven games and losing one, to Denmark, after qualification had already been secured.
, who played with Morgan on European champion Lyon. Kosovare Asllani
played at Manchester City with Carli Lloyd
Thursday's meeting in Gothenburg will
be the first of two games on the USA's Scandinavia trip. It will play Norway Sunday in Sandefjord. USA Roster:
Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars); 18-Abby Smith (Boston Breakers). DEFENDERS (6):
6-Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), 7-Meghan
Klingenberg (Portland Thorns), 5-Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 7-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars). MIDFIELDERS (6):
9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns),
16-Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 20-Allie Long (Portland Thorns), 3-Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign). FORWARDS (5):
19-Crystal Dunn (Chelsea/ENG), 2-Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 2-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), 12-Lynn Williams (NC Courage). Sweden Roster: GOALKEEPERS (3):
12-Hilda Carlen (Pitea), 1-Hedvig Lindahl (Chelsea/ENG), 21-Emelie Lundberg (Eskilstuna United)
2-Joanna Andersson (Linkopings FC), 4-Emma Berglund (FC Rosengard), 13-Nathalie Bjorn (Eskilstuna United), 6-Magdalena Eriksson (Linkopings FC), 5-Nilla Fischer (Wolfsburg/GER),
16-Hanna Glas (Eskilstuna United), 15-Jessica Samuelsson (Linkopings FC), 3-Linda Sembrant (Montpellier/FRA) MIDFIELDERS (11):
27-Tove Almqvist (Linkopings FC), 26-Fanny Andersson (KIF
Orebro), 7-Lisa Dahlkvist (KIF Orebro), 10-Lina Hurtig (Linkopings FC), 24-Josefin Johansson (Pitea), 22-Olivia Schough (Eskilstuna United), 23-Elin Rubensson (Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC), 17-Carolina
Seger (Lyon/FRA), 25-Petra Andersson (Eskilstuna United, 10-Julia Spetsmark (KIF Orebro), 14-Hanna Folkesson (FC Rosengard), FORWARDS (6):
9-Kosovare Asllani (Manchester City/ENG),
11-Stina Blackstenius (Montpellier/FRA), 19-Pauline Hammarlund (Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC), 20-Mimi Larsson (Eskilstuna United), 18-Fridolina Rolfo (Bayern Munich/GER), 8-Lotta Schlein (FC Rosengard).