Rapinoe’s Penalty Kick Gives US 1-1 Draw With Sweden

Apr 10, 2021, 3:38 PM

Megan Rapinoe - USWNT...

Megan Rapinoe of USA scores their team's first goal from a penalty during the Women's International Friendly between Sweden and USA at Friends Arena on April 10, 2021 in Solna, Sweden. Sporting stadiums around the Sweden remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)

(Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The United States’ 16-match winning streak was snapped in a 1-1 draw with Sweden on Saturday in Carli Lloyd’s 300th national team appearance.

Lina Hurtig put Sweden ahead off a set piece in the 38th minute before Megan Rapinoe’s penalty kick pulled the United States even in the 87th.

The draw extended the U.S. team’s unbeaten streak to 38 games. Rapinoe’s goal was her sixth this year to lead the team.

Rapinoe said the scare from the Swedes will help the United States as it prepares for the Olympics this summer.

“Even throughout the whole game, I was kind of thinking, ‘This is exactly what we need.’ We didn’t play well. We were very sloppy. Tactically we needed to be a lot better, and just individually,” she said. “But those are the games where you kind of have to dig in.”

The Americans have not lost a match since January 2019, when they fell to France. Their 16-game winning streak was the third longest in team history.

The United States now travels to Le Havre for a match against No. 3 France on Tuesday.

“I think that this is — I wouldn’t say one of the best things to happen to us, but something that is very good for us. In fact, that’s why we came here. We came here to play good teams, we came to Europe to play opponents to get exposed to the different tactics, high-level tactics, organized teams, to try to overcome all of that,” coach Vlatko Andonovski said.

Lloyd wore the captain’s armband for her milestone game. The only other players to appear in 300 or more games for the national team are Kristine Lilly (354) and Christie Pearce Rampone (311).

The Swedes shocked the Americans in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics, advancing on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Sweden went on to play in the final in Rio de Janeiro but fell to Germany.

Both teams have qualified for the Tokyo Games. The United States is the top-ranked team in the world. In Tokyo, the Americans will seek to become the first women’s team to follow a World Cup victory with an Olympic gold medal.

The Olympics will present more difficult challenges, Rapinoe said, and the United States must get better at adapting.

“It’s going to be games where physically we’re not at our best because we’ve just played, or it’s really hot, or a team switches up tactics, or we’re just not playing well that day,” Rapinoe explained. “So I think individually, but really sort of collectively, we need to be able to understand what’s happening in the moment very quickly and adjust. We can’t just play one way all the time.”



Chandler Holt

Real Salt Lake Returns To Action Against CF Montreal Following Break

Real Salt Lake faces off against CF Montreal at Stadium Saputo on Saturday following a two-week break from MLS play.

23 hours ago

2026 World Cup Salt Lake City Team Base Camp Candidate...

Chandler Holt

Salt Lake City Selected As Team Base Camp Candidate For 2026 World Cup

Salt Lake City could get in on the 2026 World Cup fun as a Team's Base Camp. A countries national team could call Utah its short-term home.

3 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Utah Royals Suffer Sixth Straight Defeat With Loss To Washington Spirit

The Utah Royals suffered a sixth consecutive loss after falling at home to the Washington Spirit on June 8, 2024.

7 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Jazz Forward Brice Sensabaugh Stops By Utah Royals Match

Jazz forward Brice Sensabaugh showed up to support the Utah Royals in their match against the Washington Spirit.

7 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Utah Royals Announce Changes To Amy Rodriguez’s Coaching Staff

The Utah Royals announced changes to Amy Rodriguez's staff head of the club's match against the Washington Spirit.

8 days ago

Chicho Arango Real Salt Lake RSL MLS Austin FC...

Chandler Holt

Can Real Salt Lake Climb MLS Mountain For First Time In 15 Years?

Real Salt Lake is off to one of the best starts in the club's history as the midway point of the 2024 season approaches.

11 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

Utah Hockey Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Want to get the latest info on Utah's newest sports franchise? Sign up for the Utah Hockey newsletter!

Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption...

Hans & Scotty’s Day Of Adoption

Join the KSL Sports Zone for Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption, in partnership with the Humane Society of Utah, on June 25th, 2024!


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Rapinoe’s Penalty Kick Gives US 1-1 Draw With Sweden