USA remains atop Group D after tying Sweden 0-0 in Women's World Cup
The U.S. women's national team was held to a 0-0 draw by Sweden but remains atop Group D through two matches at the Women's World Cup.
After a 3-1 win over Australia in Monday's opener, the Americans had a chance to become the first team to clinch a place in the knockout stage but couldn't muster much in the attack. Abby Wambach, relegated to substitute's duty, came off the bench and had the best chance for the USA, but her bouncing, diving header in the 72nd minute was tipped over the bar by Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindhal.
Sweden nearly won it in the 81st minute, with Caroline Seger's attempt on a second ball off a corner kick seemingly headed for the upper right-hand corner of the U.S. goal. But U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg saved the day with a leaping header on the goal line that had the ball ricochet off the bar and out, preserving the 0-0 scoreline.
The U.S. was also a bit fortunate to not concede a penalty in the first half, with a shot appearing to deflect off Sydney Leroux's outstretched left arm in the box going uncalled.
The USA plays Nigeria on Tuesday with a chance to win the group with a victory (or a draw as long as Australia does not beat Sweden or Sweden beats Australia but does not overtake the USA on goal differential).
Here's how the draw unfolded:
DEFENDERS: Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
GOALKEEPERS: 1-Hedvig Lindahl (Chelsea), 12-Hilda Carlen (Pieta IF), 21-Carola Soberg (KIF Orebro)
DEFENDERS: 2-Charlotte Rohlin (Linkopings FC), 3-Linda Sembrant (Montpellier HSC), 4-Emma Berglund (FC Rosengard), 5-Nilla Fischer (VfL Wolfsburg), 6-Sara Thunebro (Eskilstuna United), 14-Amanda Ilestedt (FC Rosengard), 16-Lina Nilsson (FC Rosengard), 18-Jessica Samuelsson (Linkopings FC), 23-Elin Rubensson (Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC)
MIDFIELDERS: 7-Lisa Dahlkvist (KIF Orebro), 13-Malin Diaz (Eskilstuna United), 15-Therese Sjogran (FC Rosengard), 17-Caroline Seger (Paris Saint-Germain), 20-Emilia Appelqvist (Pitea IF), 22-Olivia Schough (Eskilstuna United)
FORWARDS: 8-Lotta Schelin (Olympique Lyon), 9-Kosovare Asllani (Paris Saint-Germain), 10-Sofia Jakobsson (Montpellier HSC), 11-Jenny Hjohlman (Umea IK), 19-Emma Lundh (AIK Fotboll)