USA vs. Sweden: Starting Lineup & USWNT Roster for Women’s World Cup

Getty Alex Morgan of the USA celebrates after scoring her team's first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The USA women’s soccer team takes on Sweden with Group F on the line at the World Cup. USA and Sweden kicks off at 3 p.m. Eastern on Fox with Group F on the line.

Both the USWNT and Sweden have punched their ticket to the next round heading into the match. The question is who will win Group F and what team will be the runner-up. Thanks to a massive lead in goal differential, USA can win the group with either a win or tie. The only way they will be in second place is if they lose to Sweden.

If the USA wins Group F, they would play the Group B second place team on Monday, June 24 at 12 p.m. Eastern. The USWNT would play Spain if they win the group. If the U.S. finishes second place, they will also play on Monday, June 24 just a bit later at 3 p.m. Eastern. The U.S. would play the second place winner of Group E which would either be the Netherlands or Canada.


The USWNT Has No Plans of Tanking to Avoid France

There was some speculation that the USA would try to lose to avoid being on France’s side of the bracket. The USWNT shutdown these rumors by emphasizing they want to keep up their momentum heading into the knockout round. USA manager Jill Ellis noted the team is confident regardless of who they play and want to win the group.

“If our team can focus on our performance and play at the level we can, we are a challenge and a handful for any team,” Ellis told The Seattle Times. “You can’t handpick who you want to play in this tournament; the team in front of you becomes the priority.”

Contrary to popular thought, the USWNT is looking to win three straight matches. We can expect a lineup closer to what we saw against Thailand rather than the Chile match where a number of starters rested.

Here is a look at the projected USA starting lineup and roster, per U.S. Soccer.


USA Starting XI vs. Sweden

POSITION PLAYER
GK Alyssa Naeher
D Crystal Dunn
D Becky Sauerbrunn
D Abby Dahlkemper
D Kelley O’Hara
M Lindsey Horan
M Samantha Mewis
M Rose LaVelle
F Megan Rapinoe
F Alex Morgan
F Tobin Heath

Sweden’s Starting XI vs. USA


USWNT Roster for World Cup

NUMBER PLAYER
1 GK Alyssa Naeher
2 F Mallory Pugh
3 M Samantha Mewis
4 D Becky Sauerbrunn
5 D Kelley O’Hara
6 M Morgan Brian
7 D Abby Dahlkemper
8 M Julie Ertz
9 M Lindsey Horan
10 F Carli Lloyd
11 D Ali Krieger
12 D Tierna Davidson
13 F Alex Morgan
14 D Emily Sonnett
15 F Megan Rapinoe
16 M Rose Lavelle
17 F Tobin Heath
18 GK Ashlyn Harris
19 D Crystal Dunn
20 D Allie Long
21 GK Adrianna Franch
22 F Jessica McDonald
23 F Christen Press