Los Angeles Soccer: Lotta Schelin

Morgan scores 15th to beat Sweden

June, 16, 2012
2012 isn't even half over, and already Alex Morgan has 15 goals for the U.S. women's national team.

The forward from Diamond Bar netted No. 15 in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Sweden to open a three-nation tuneup for the London Olympics in Halmstad, Sweden.

Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach plus Tobin Heath also tallied for the Americans, who meet world champion Japan on Monday in a rematch of last year's Women's World Cup final. Sweden and Japan play Wednesday.

Wambach's 136th international goal, an amazing strike from 35 yards, provided an eighth-minute lead, and Morgan's effort in the Swedish box to win a ball from Stina Segerström paid off with another goal in the 22nd. Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx picked up an assist on Morgan's goal.

The goal was rising star Morgan's 25th in 40 international appearances. Wambach, who has played 180 times for the U.S., is only 22 goals behind all-time leader Mia Hamm.

Lotta Schelin scored Sweden's goal in the 35th minute, and Heath tallied from a Wambach assist 11 minutes into the second half.

The U.S., which has won three gold medals (Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) and one silver (Sydney 2000) in the four Olympics to include women's soccer, opens its London Games schedule July 25 against France in Glasgow, Scotland.

WWC: U.S. gets a 'death' group

November, 29, 2010

There's always a “Group of Death” in any FIFA competition, or so it seems, and that group at next summer's Women's World Cup in Germany belongs to the U.S.

And to Germany. And to Brazil.

There are three “death” groups in this year's field, product of the rapid growth of women's soccer outside the traditional strongholds of the U.S., Germany, Scandinavia and the Far East.

The Americans, seeded Sunday atop Group C, welcomed North Korea, Colombia and Sweden into their quartet during Monday's WWC draw in Frankfurt. That's three legitimate contenders (for at least semifinal berths) for just two spots in the eight-team knockout bracket. And we'll see about Colombia.

And it gets worse: A quarterfinal awaits with Brazil or Australia or Norway (and we'll see about Equatorial Guinea), and the likeliest semifinal foe are the Germans, prohibitive favorites to win their third successive WWC.

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