Rose Lavelle, a 22-year-old midfielder who has quickly risen to prominence with the U.S. women’s national team, scored early in the second half Thursday as the Americans defeated Sweden, 1-0, in a friendly in Gothenburg, Sweden.
In her fifth appearance since making her international debut in March, the Boston Breakers member collected Crystal Dunn’s pass and recorded her second goal as the second-ranked Americans ended a four-game winless streak against the No. 6 Swedes. The previous meeting came in last summer’s Olympics, a Swedish victory on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.
Washington Spirit midfielder Mallory Pugh, 19, played all 90 minutes.
The Americans will cap their European tour with a visit to No. 11 Norway on Sunday (1:15 p.m. ET, Fox national network).
In her 14th appearance (12th start), goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher faced 10 corner kicks and recorded her ninth career clean sheet.
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USA LINEUP (4-4-2): Alyssa Naeher; Kelley O’Hara (Julie Johnston Ertz 84th), Becky Sauerbrunn, Casey Short, Meghan Klingenberg (Abby Dahlkemper 46th); Rose Lavelle, Allie Long, Sam Mewis, Mallory Pugh; Carli Lloyd (Lindsey Horan 46th), Crystal Dunn (Christen Press 75th).
Unused subs: Abby Smith, Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux.
Unavailable: Lynn Williams (ankle injury).