The U.S. women's soccer team's two-year unbeaten streak ended at 43 games Friday with a 1-0 loss to Sweden and former coach
Lotta Schelin beat goalkeeper
The U.S., which was eliminated, had a chance to take the lead in the 15th minute, but
"You're always going to lose games in football. That's how it works," Sermanni said. "Sometimes you win games that perhaps you should have lost. Sometimes you lose games that perhaps you should have won. But as I said, today we missed a penalty at nil-nil, and in the last 15 minutes we had four very good goal-scoring opportunities. And if you don't take those, that makes a difference."
Sweden (2-0) leads Group B with six points, two ahead of Japan, which defeated Denmark 1-0. The U.S. (0-1-1), which had won the tournament nine times in 18 previous trips, has one point heading into its Group B finale against Denmark (0-2) on Monday.
Sisters Samantha and Kristie Mewis entered in the 68th minute, with Samantha making her national team debut. Sarah Hagen made her first international appearance in the 81st minute.
Kristie Mewis forced Lindahl into a leg save on a break in the 83rd minute, and five minutes later the goalkeeper came off her line to make a chest save on Hagen.
"It felt great to get in," said Hagen, a 24-year-old forward with
The Americans, who opened with a 1-1 tie against Japan, were without forward
Wambach was active at the start, but the early opportunities were lost. Then Sofia Jakobsson blocked