Lloyd s Megan
Rapinoe She returned to be the champion with the women’s soccer team status
united That this Saturday, tied 1-1 with SwedenIn a friendly match in Stockholm. But they were unable to stop the 16-game winning streak coming to an end.
Now, Tuesday’s next challenge for the United States will be against France, in Le Havre, Normandy, in a friendly match against the team that was the last to defeat them.
Lloyd, who played her 300th game with the US national team, was the one who executed the penalty kick, which Rapinoe managed, in the 87th minute, to avoid losing to the equalizer, after Lena Hurtig, 38, advanced to Sweden in the second round. Score board. Rapinoe’s goal was her sixth so far this year and she is captain of the national team.
Despite the end of the US winning streak, the unbeaten team extended to 38 consecutive matches, unbeaten since January 2019 when they lost to France. The winning streak of 16 matches was the third longest winning streak in the team’s history. Lloyd wore the captain’s armband on his historic match. The only other players to have appeared with 300 or more matches for the national team are Christine Lilly (354) and Christy Pierce Rambon (311).
The last stellar duel between the two teams took place in 2016, when Sweden knocked out the United States in the Olympic Games quarter-finals in Rio de Janeiro, in a series of penalties after a 1-1 draw.
The two teams are already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, and the United States, which is the world leader, will strive to be the first female world champion team to also win an Olympic gold medal.