USWNT vs. Sweden live score, updates, highlights from 2021 Tokyo Olympics women’s soccer tournament

The U.S. women’s national soccer team is ranked No. 1 in the world, the defending World Cup champion and riding a 44-game unbeaten run heading into the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Of course, the USWNT is the overwhelming favorite to win Olympic gold in Tokyo.

But the Americans will have their work cut out for them in their opening Olympic match against a Sweden team that’s ranked No. 5 in the world. The Swedes bounced the USWNT in the quarterfinals of the last Olympics and halted a U.S. winning streak last April in a 1-1 draw. It is the only match the USA has failed to win since January 2019.

The U.S. women typically rise to big occasions, and this would be one of them even though it’s early in the tournament. Setting the tone for the rest of the competition, exacting revenge and sending a message to the rest of its rivals would be the ideal start to the tournament for the USA. 

This should be an evenly matched, high-quality affair with some of the best players in the world going head-to-head. Whatever the result, both teams will have two more group-stage matches to follow. The top two finishers and the best third-place team from the groups will advance to the quarterfinals. 

Sporting News is tracking live updates, turning points and highlights from the Group G match at Tokyo Stadium. Follow the score and stay up to date on all the big moments as they happen.

USWNT vs. Sweden live score

(All times Eastern)

12:30 a.m.: Watch this video and you’ll have all the adrenaline you’ll need to get you through the two hours:

12:23 a.m.: First early morning with Olympic soccer. Promise, it won’t be this bad:

USWNT vs. Sweden starting lineups

All eyes are on U.S. women’s national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski and his first starting lineup in his first major competition. Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd begin the match on the bench alongside holding midfielder Julie Ertz, who is available after a long injury layoff. 

Meanwhile, the Swedes are expected to come out with a five-defender set — three center backs and two wingbacks — which worked well for them in the 1-1 draw with the U.S. last April. 


USWNT starters (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Alyssa Naeher — 2-Crystal Dunn, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 17-Abby Dahlkemper, 5-Kelley O’Hara — 3-Samantha Mewis, 9-Lindsey Horan, 16-Rose Lavelle — 11-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan, 7-Tobin Heath

USWNT substitutes: 18-Adrianna Franch-GK, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Emily Sonnett, 8-Julie Ertz, 6-Kristie Mewis, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe. Sitting out: 22-Jane Campbell-GK, 20-Casey Krueger, 19-Catarina Macario, 21-Lynn Williams


Sweden projected starters (5-2-3, left to right): 1-Hedvig Lindahl — 2-Jonna Andersson, 6-Magdalena Eriksson, 14-Nathalie Bjorn, 13-Amanda Ilestedt, 4-Hanna Glas — 17-Caroline Seger, 9-Kosovare Asllani — 8-Lina Hurtig, 11-Stina Blackstenius, 10-Sofia Jakobsson

Sweden projected substitutes: 12-Jennifer Falk-GK, 3-Emma Kullberg, 5-Hanna Bennison, 15-Olivia Schough, 7-Madelen Janogy, 19-Anna Anvegard, 18-Fridolina Rolfo. Sitting out: 22-Zecira Musovic-GK, 16-Filippa Angeldal, 20-Julia Roddar, 21-Rebecka Blomqvist

How to watch USA vs. Sweden Olympic soccer

USA vs. Sweden will air live on USA Network and Telemundo at 4:30 a.m. ET. The match is scheduled to be replayed on NBCSN at 8:30 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET Wednesday. NBCSN can be streamed with fuboTV (free 7-day trial).

All Olympic soccer matches will be streamed in the USA on,, the NBC Sports app and the Telemundo Deportes app — all with user authentication.

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