June 8, 2017 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)
GOTHENBURG, Sweden - The U.S. Women's National Team opened its two-game European tour with a 1-0 shutout against Sweden at Gamla Ullevi Stadium as 22-year-old midfielder Rose Lavelle scored the lone goal of the match in the 56th minute.
The U.S. had several good chances in the first half, including a Carli Lloyd shot from a Meghan Klingenberg cross that she knocked just wide and a semi-breakaway from Crystal Dunn, who fired at the net and forced the Sweden goalkeeper into a kick-save.
Sweden had a dangerous chance in the 44th minute after a give-away in midfield and Caroline Seger got free in the box. Her shot from the left side of the penalty area looked to be going wide before it was blocked by Allie Long. The ball then bounced over sliding U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, but Long was able to recover and sweep the ball off goal line to avoid an own goal and send the teams to the break tied 0-0.
In the second frame, the USA scored in transition as Dunn ran with pace at the Sweden defense and then slipped a pass to Lavelle in the right side of the box. Lavelle cut toward goal and then struck a rolling shot just inside the left post from a wide angle.
Sweden created a couple of chances late in the game, particularly in the 86th minute when Kosovare Asllani's shot was deflected by goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, hit the top of the cross bar and flew out for a corner kick. The U.S. defense, led by Becky Sauerbrunn, put on a strong performance to maintain the shutout and gut out the 1-0 victory.
Up Next: The U.S. will finish its week in Europe when the team travels to Sandefjord to face Norway on June 11 (1p.m. ET; FOX).
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA - Rose Lavelle (Crystal Dunn), 56th minute: A perfectly timed run from the midfield for Crystal Dunn led to a beautiful through-ball for Rose Lavelle, who was making her way inside the box from the right side. Lavelle received the pass and calmly finished to the far post for her second international tally in her fifth international appearance. USA 1, SWE 0 FINAL [WATCH ]
Key Defensive Plays and Saves:
USA - Allie Long, 44th minute: Allie Long gave away a ball in the back, passing it straight to a Sweden player, but then recovered to block the ensuing shot before finally stopping the ball from rolling over the goal line.
USA - Alyssa Naeher, 86th minute: Sweden nearly found a game-tying goal via Kosovare Asllani in the 86th minute when her shot from deep inside the box on the left side looked to be going straight for the upper netting, but U.S. 'keeper Alyssa Naeher came up big and got her hands on the ball to deflect it up, off the crossbar and out of bounds.