The United States women’s national soccer team concludes the group game at the Olympics by facing Australia in Kashima, Japan on Tuesday.
The USWNT recovered from a 3-0 loss to Sweden by beating New Zealand 6-1 to claim their first three points in the competition. All it takes to secure a second place in the group is a draw, while a win would send the United States to the top of the group only if Sweden loses to New Zealand (and blows a +3 differential advantage) in the final simultaneous group.
The United States dominate the all-time matches between the two teams, with a record of 26-1-3 against the Matildas in the match, even though they have gone 1-1-1 in the last three meetings.
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The United States had their 44-game unbeaten streak interrupted by Sweden, but started a new run against New Zealand thanks to two own goals and goals from Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Alex Morgan and Christen Press. Perhaps more significant for the US is that midfield centerpiece Julie Ertz played the entire match as she continues her return from a knee injury in May that sidelined her for two months.
The US defense will have to be wary of Australian striker Sam Kerr, who scored twice against Sweden in a 4-2 defeat, a match in which the Aussies were leading 2-1. Kerr also scored one goal and assisted another in Australia’s 2-1 win over New Zealand to open the game in the competition.
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