U.S., Sweden can advance with wins

July, 1, 2011

Group C will play its second-round matches, with the United States and Sweden looking to further control the group. Here are a couple key factors for the two upcoming matches.

• The United States, playing its record 32nd Women's World Cup match, takes on Colombia, playing its second match ever at the Women's World Cup.

•  The United States is 14-0-2 all-time in the group stage at the Women's World Cup and can clinch a place in the quarterfinals with a win and a Sweden win or draw against North Korea.

•  Abby Wambach has nine Women's World Cup goals in 13 matches, three shy of tying Michelle Akers for the United States' record. Another player to watch for the United States is 21-year-old Alex Morgan, the youngest player on the roster. The super sub has recorded seven goals in 19 caps, with three of those goals coming at the Algarve Cup in March.

•  Sweden advances to the quarters with a win and a USA win/tie. Sweden has won all three previous World Cup meetings versus North Korea, including one-goal wins at the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. Lotta Schelin scored both of Sweden's goals in a 2-1 win in 2007.

•  North Korea and Sweden have been grouped with USA in three straight editions of the Women's World Cup. North Korea finished second in their group and advanced in 2007; Sweden finished second and advanced in 2003.



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