Boston Breakers rookie Rose Lavelle
scored in the 56th minute to give the USA a 1-0 win over Sweden in Gothenburg, kicking off its two-game Scandinavian tour. Crystal Dunn
used her speed to feed Lavelle, who picked up the ball on the right side of the penalty area and scored with a low shot just inside the left post.
Sweden's best chance came in the 86th
minute when Kosovare Asllani
's shot was deflected by goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher
off top of the cross bar and out for a corner kick.
Late in the first half, Allie Long.
recovered from giving the ball away to Caroline Seger and blocked the Swede's shot before clearing it off the goal line.
The Americans close out the trip Sunday at Sandefjord, where
they face Norway.
June 8 in Gothenberg
USA 1 Sweden 0. Goal: Lavelle 56.
USA -- Naeher; O'Hara (Ertz, 84), Sauerbrunn, Short, Klingenberg (Dahlkemper, 46); Lavelle
(Rapinoe, 90+2), Long, Mewis, Pugh; Lloyd (Horan, 46), Dunn (Press, 75).
Sweden -- Carlen; Samuelsson, Sembrant, Fischer (Eriksson, 75), Andersson; Asllani, Dahlkvist (Blackstenius, 87),
Seger, Schough (Spetsmark, 63); Rolfo (Larsson, 46), Schlein.
Referee: Olga Zadinova (Czech Republic).