It’s been just over a year since soccer fans have witnessed the United States Women’s National Team compete in Central Ohio. After a brief layoff, that drought is coming to an end.
On Wednesday morning U.S. Soccer announced the world champions are journeying to Columbus to battle Sweden in a friendly match at MAPFRE Stadium on Nov. 7.
The two teams last met during the group stage of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on June 20. The U.S. cruised to a 2-0 victory over Sweden on the strength of goals from midfielder Lindsey Horan and a defensive own goal in the second half.
Of course, the Americans went on to win Group F with a perfect 3-0 record with 18 goals for and none against on their way to fourth World Cup title. The Swedes finished second in the group before making a run to the semifinals. Sweden eventually fell 1-0 to the Netherlands before defeating England 2-1 in the third-place game.
November’s trip marks the ninth time the Lady Yanks will play in the capital city. The last time out, the USWNT faced Germany in the SheBelieves Cup, a match that featured all four seasons within the course of 90 minutes. Rain, sleet and snow all made their presence felt throughout the 1-0 win for the U.S.
Like the U.S. Men’s National Team, MAPFRE Stadium has played host to several memorable moments for the women throughout the country’s history. The USWNT faced Thailand in 2016 for the first time ever with the match serving as a farewell to longtime Stars & Stripes midfielder Heather O’Reilly as she retired from international competition. The U.S. claimed a 9-0 victory, subbing O’Reilly off in the final moments of the game to receive an ovation from those in attendance.
MAPFRE Stadium also made its presence felt on the international stage as the stadium featured as a site for group stage of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup with the U.S. defeating North Korea 3-0.
Throughout its history the USWNT proved successful during its trips to Ohio’s capital city with a 6-1-1 record all-time. The Lady Yanks have outscored their opponents by a 30-6 margin.
The U.S. march into Columbus led by 37-year-old midfielder Carli Lloyd. Despite her age and consistent criticism from pundits, the forward isn’t slowing down. Lloyd currently leads the U.S. with 12 goals across all competitions. Offensively she will be supported by the likes of Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.
Defensively expect to see defenders Julie Ertz, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Abby Dahlkemper anchoring a stellar American backline along with Alyssa Naher as the U.S. hope to prove that the victory against Sweden in June was no fluke.
The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 and Massive Report will be on hand for all the action.