The U.S. women’s national soccer team got exactly what it wanted on its weeklong trip to Scandinavia — two nearly flawless victories.
Team USA defeated host Norway 1-0 on Sunday in a friendly in Sandefjord. That result came on the heels of a 1-0 win Thursday over host Sweden in Gothenburg.
Christen Press scored the only goal of Sunday’s match in the 60th minute after receiving a long, perfectly delivered pass from defender Becky Sauerbrunn. It was the 42nd international goal in 87 caps for Press.
U.S. goaltender Alyssa Naeher was in net for both Scandinavian friendlies and now has allowed just four goals in 15 career caps. It was her 10th-career international shutout.
Sauerbrunn played all 90 minutes and is the only U.S. player not to have missed a single minute of play in seven matches this year. Another defender, Abby Dahlkemper, made her first start and played the entire game.
The U.S. improved to 29-19-2 all-time against Norway in front of an announced crowd of 3,866 at Komplett Arena. Team USA wore jerseys with rainbow-colored numbers for both matches in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month.
The U.S. women return to action next month on home soil in the four-team Tournament of Nations with the following schedule:
- U.S. vs. Australia: July 27 at CenturyLink Field, Seattle (7 p.m. PT)
- U.S. vs. Brazil: July 30 at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego (5 p.m. PT)
- U.S. vs. Japan: Aug. 3 at StubHub Center, Carson, California. (7 p.m. PT)
Thomas Neumann is a Florida-based writer and journalist who previously worked at ESPN and the San Diego Union-Tribune. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.