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More great goals from Europe, but these from the U.S. women

Abby Wambach

Talk about making a couple of goals out of very little.

First Abby Wambach, and then Alex Morgan, scored Saturday against Sweden as the U.S. women’s national team prevailed 3-1 in the first of two games over three days in the first-ever Volvo Winners Cup.

For the United States, everything is about the London Olympic Games coming up later this summer. Jenna Pel already broke down the bigger meanings and the broader take-aways from Saturday’s contest. Pel says the defense and midfield still have kinks to iron out. The performance at forward, however, keeps hitting the sweet spot.

Watch for yourself:

Wambach’s goal from about 35 yards in the very picture of opportunism, as she catches Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl unawares. By the time Lindahl sees the shot coming, it’s already too late.



That’s 136 for Wambach in the national shirt, for those keeping tally.

Morgan’s 15th goal in 13 matches this year was all even more opportunistic, a goal created when there was pretty much nothing there, a feast made from scraps. Shannon Boxx wins a tackle in midfield but really has no intention of creating anything as her effort to break up a Swedish play sends the ball forward. A Swedish defender really should have this one under control, but Morgan’s persistence and her insistence on not giving up on the play pays the ultimate dividend.