A viewing party for the telecasts of Thursday’s U.S.- Sweden 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup game will be held at O’Briens Pub at 4646 Convoy St. in Kearny Mesa.
The party will begin at noon and is organized by the San Diego chapter of American Outlaws, a nationwide support group for the U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams.
The game will be televised in English by Fox and in Spanish by Telemundo.
The game is the last in group play for both teams. The winner will be the group winner. If the game ends in a tie, the U.S. will be the group winner because it has the better goal differential. Both teams are assured of advancing to the tournament’s knockout phase.
Both teams are 2-0-0 in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. defeated Thailand, 13-0, June 11, and Chile, 3-0, Sunday. Sweden defeated Chile, 2-0, June 11, and Thailand, 5-1, Sunday.
The U.S. is first in the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. Sweden is ranked ninth.
Sweden is the most recent team to defeat the U.S. in World Cup play, winning 2-1 in a group play game in 2011. (The U.S. loss to Japan in a penalty kick shootout in the 2011 final is considered a tie under soccer rules.) The U.S. is 9-0-3 in World Cup games since the 2011 loss to Sweden.
The U.S. is 21-6-11 against Sweden, including a 5-3-5 record since 2010.
Regardless of Thursday’s result, the U.S. will next play on Sunday. A victory or tie against Sweden means the U.S. will begin the knockout phase against Spain, which finished second in Group B with a 1-1-1 record and is 13th in the FIFA rankings. A loss means the next U.S. opponent will be the second- place team in Group E, the loser of Thursday’s Canada-Netherlands game.
–City News Service
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