Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Women's World Cup Update

Another day at the Women's World Cup with both Sweden and the United States winning their opening round games. Here's a quick summary:


Colombia gave Sweden more than they bargained for, but the 5th ranked Swedes were able to escape thanks to a second half goal from Jessica Landström. The 26 year old forward now has 16 goals from Sweden. Only one player on Sweden's World Cup roster, Josefine Öqvist, has more goals than Landström with 17. Colombia is playing in their first World Cup after finishing 2nd in the 2010 South American Women's Championship.


Abby Wambach set up Lauren Cheney in the 54th minute breaking a scoreless tie and Rachel Buehler added her 2nd career international goal as the U.S. started the World Cup out with a 2-0 win against North Korea. The 23 year old Cheney headed home a cross from Wambach for her 15th career goal for the U.S. while Wambach notched her 53rd career assist on the play. Wambach is just 12 goals behind Kristine Lilly for 2nd place all-time in U.S. Women's Soccer history. The U.S. also opened the 2007 World Cup against the North Koreans, but had to come from behind to force a 2-2 draw in that match. This time, Hope Solo would keep the North Koreans off the board making 7 saves as the U.S. took over first place in Group C. The U.S. will next face off against Colombia on July 2nd.

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