USA gets off hook. Sweden had beaten the USA at its own game, using power and precision to go ahead in the first half when Lina Hurtig towered over the U.S. defense and scored on a header off Kosovare Asllani's well-delivered corner kick.
The Swedes had two chances to add to their lead and couldn't capitalize -- first when U.S. keeper Alyssa Naeher foiled Fridolina Rolfö's breakaway at the end of the first half and then when Jakobsson rounded Naeher with the goal unattended in the 54th minute -- but they left the USA off the hook.
Sweden, which knocked the USA out of the 2016 Olympics and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics as one of the three best European teams at the 2019 Women's World Cup, is one of the few teams that can match the USA's athleticism and composure.
Swedish experience. Sweden's Damallsvenskan doesn't begin until April 17, but most of the best Swedes now play in other top European leagues. Five starters play on teams that recently competed in the UEFA Women's Champions League quarterfinals.
"It’s something that was very good for us," said U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski . "That’s why we came here. We came here to play good teams, we came here to get exposed to different tactics, high-level tactics, organized teams and to try to overcome all of that."
The USA outshot the Swedes, 20-9, but struggled to break them down like they easily do against most outmatched opponents. Its dominance of vastly inferior foes belies how often it struggles to put together coordinated combinations to unlock defenses.
“If we play the way we played today, it’s not good enough," Andonovski added. "And I know that. Nobody has to tell me that."
Saturday's result snapped the USA's 16-game winning streak -- the third longest in its history -- since Andonovski took charge in November 2019. But the late goal preserved the USA's unbeaten streak at 38 games.
Stade Océane rematch. The last time the USA lost was 3-1 to France in January 2019. On Tuesday, the USA will return to Le Havre's Stade Océane, site of that loss. Les Bleues won't be going to Tokyo, so it will be their Olympic moment.
France has been the most successful team against the USA in the last decade, inflicting three of its (only!) 11 losses.