CHICAGO (March 9, 2021) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will travel to Europe during the April FIFA international match window and will face Sweden on April 10 at Friends Arena in Stockholm (FOX at 1 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. local). U.S. Soccer is currently finalizing a second match in Europe to be played on April 13.
Friends Arena is an ultra-modern retractable roof stadium that opened at the end of 2012, but there will be no fans allowed at the game. Sweden is currently fifth in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings and this will be the first match ever for the USWNT in Sweden’s capital city.
The most recent meeting between the countries came in Vlatko Andonovski’s first match as USWNT head coach on Nov. 7, 2019, a 3-2 U.S. victory. The USA also faced Sweden in group play at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 2-0 U.S. win.
Unbeaten through five games so far in 2021, these will be the first away games of the year and mark a relatively quick return to Europe for the U.S. Women who defeated the Netherlands, 2-0, in Breda last November.
“We want to play as many of the top teams as possible to prepare for the Olympics and Sweden certainly falls into that category,” said Andonovski. “They are proven winners, have tremendously athletic players, are led by an excellent coach and are tactically savvy and experienced. We need as many tests as possible like the ones we’ll face at the Olympics and these games in Europe will give us that. We only have a few…