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By TRAVIS CLARK
All winning streaks have an end, and for the U.S. women's team, Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Sweden in Omaha, Neb. ended a stretch of eight straight wins at home.
In what was the first of two friendlies this week against the fourth-ranked nation in women's soccer, Amy Rodriguez scored in the 44th minute to give the USA a 1-0 lead heading into the halftime break.
But as the game picked up in the second half, Sweden counter attacked after Rodriguez hit the crossbar with a header, and Linda Forsberg beat U.S. 'keeper Nicole Barnhart to tie the game. The goal was the first conceded by the U.S. on home soil since November 1, 2008, and when the U.S. couldn't respond, the winning streak was over. This despite out-shooting the Swedes 18-8 on the night.
The second match is scheduled for this Saturday, July 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. CONCACAF qualification for the Women's World Cup in 2011 (to be held in Germany) is scheduled to begin later this year.
U-20 WOMEN OPEN WORLD CUP AGAINST GHANA
The U.S. women's U-20 will set out to accomplish what the men's team could not — defeat Ghana in a World Cup match. The African nation is the first group opponent as the Under 20 Women's World Cup kicks off in Germany, with the USA opening its campaign on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.
The defending champions are led by high-scoring Sydney Leroux, who won the Golden Shoe and Golden Ball at the 2008 tournament in Chile, scoring five goals and leading the U.S. women to its second U-20 Women's championship. She scored 23 goals last year as a sophomore at UCLA, as the Bruins made it all the way to the Semifinals of the Women's College Cup.
Here's a complete look at the U.S. schedule:
July 14- USA vs. Ghana, 12:00 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3.com
July 17- USA vs. Switzerland, 12:00 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3.com
July 21- USA vs. Korea Republic, 12:00 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN3.com
What do you think of yesterday's result? Can the U.S. women U-20s repeat?
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