Wednesday, July 6, 2011

USA Women Fall 2-1 to Sweden In World Cup

The hopes for a World Cup Championship for the United States were given a huge blow today as Sweden defeated the Americans 2-1 in the final match of Group play.  It was the first time that the American women had suffered a defeat in the group play round since the World Cup had started, and it couldn't have come at a worse time.

Finishing second in Group C, the Americans will now go into the quarterfinals and be matched up against a very tough Brazil team.  Brazil is led by their five-time FIFA player of the year, Marta, and should be a very difficult opponent for the U.S. squad.

SI's Grant Wahl gives his analysis of the game here.

ESPN's Jeff Carlise gives his grades for the team here.

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