MLS SOCCER

The U.S Takes Down Sweden

Lindsey Horan makes a kick

The US take their third win in the Cup, beating long-time rivals Sweden 2-0 and dominating Group F. The US came out strong in their third match of the tournament, with Lindsey Horan scoring their first goal in the third minute off a corner kick taken by Megan Rapinoe.

The rest of the half remained scoreless despite the US maintaining the majority of possession and shots on goal. The second half saw another early goal, this time from Tobin Heath, who found the back of the net from the angled ball in the 38th minute.

The starting lineup included Alyssa Naeher in goal; Kelley O’Hara, Abby Dahlkemper, Becky Sauerbrunn and forward-turned-defender Crystal Dunn on defense; Lindsey Horan, Samantha Mewis, and Rose Lavelle in midfield; Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan (capt.) and Megan Rapinoe as forwards. Christen Press, Carli Lloyd, and Mallory Pugh were subbed in during the second half.

Lindsey Horan made her third start of the World Cup and scored her second World Cup goal, giving her 10 in 70 games for her career. A notable exclusion in the starting lineup came from Julie Ertz, who was benched as a precaution for a minor hip contusion. The US move on to face more difficult opponents as they continue their World Cup run, starting in Reims, where they face Spain in the Round of 16 on Monday, June 24.

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