After a year of waiting, the U.S. women’s national team will launch its Olympic campaign on July 21, taking on Sweden in its first match at the Tokyo Olympics.

Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. local/4:30 a.m. ET at Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo. The match will be broadcast in the United States on the USA Network and Telemundo, with streaming coverage also provided at NBCOlympics.com and through the Telemundo Deportes App. The match will also be replayed later that day on NBCSN at 8:30 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET.

The USA is looking to capture its fifth gold medal and become the first reigning Women’s World Cup champion to capture Olympic gold. Seventeen players on the Olympic roster helped the USWNT win its fourth World Cup title in France 2019.n

To do so, the USA will not only have to navigate a grueling schedule with only two rest days between matches in the heat and humidity of the Japanese summer, but it will also have to contend with a talented field of opposition, beginning with Sweden in Group G.

Ranked fifth in the world, Sweden played the USA to a 1-1 draw on April 10 in Stockholm — the only match the USA has failed to win since January 2019 – and has been a common American foe at world championships. Sweden and the USA have met six times in the World Cup. This will be the third meeting between them at the Olympic Games. Sweden knocked the USWNT out of the 2016 Olympics on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals and eventually went on to win the silver medal under former USWNT head coach Pia Sundhage. Sundhage is coaching Brazil at these Olympics.

Following the match against Sweden, the USA will be back on the field three days later for its second group stage match against New Zealand on July 24 (8:30 p.m. local/7:30 a.m. ET; NBCSN, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com. Telemundo Deportes App).

PREVIEW: USWNT OPENS TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS WITH GROUP G SHOWDOWN AGAINST SWEDEN
Watch USA-Sweden on Wednesday, July 21 at 4:30 a.m. ET on the USA Network, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com and the Telemundo Deportes App

CHICAGO (July 19, 2021) – Let the Games begin! After a year of waiting, the U.S. Women’s National Team will launch its Olympic campaign on July 21, taking on Sweden in its first match at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. local/4:30 a.m. ET at Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo and the match will be broadcast in the United States on the USA Network and Telemundo, with streaming coverage also provided at NBCOlympics.com and through the Telemundo Deportes App. The match will also be replayed later that day on NBCSN at 8:30 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET.

The USA enters the tournament looking to capture its fifth gold medal and, in the process, become the first reigning Women’s World Cup champion to capture Olympic gold. Seventeen players on the USA’s Olympic roster helped the USA win its fourth World Cup title in France during the summer of 2019.

To do so, the USA will not only have to navigate a grueling schedule with only two rest days between matches in the heat and humidity of the Japanese summer, but will also have to contend with a talented field of opposition, beginning with Sweden.

Ranked fifth in the world, Sweden played the USA to a 1-1 draw on April 10 in Stockholm — the only match the USA has failed to win since January of 2019 – and has been a common foe for the Americans at world championships. Sweden and the USA have met six times in World Cup play and this will be the third meeting between the nations at the Olympic Games. Sweden knocked the USWNT out of the 2016 Olympics on penalty kicks in the Quarterfinals and eventually went on to win the silver medal.

Following the match against Sweden, the USA will be back on the field three just days later for its second group stage match against New Zealand on July 24 (8:30 p.m. local/7:30 a.m. ET; NBCSN, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com. Telemundo Deportes App).

Fans will also be able to follow the action via Twitter (@USWNT), Instagram (@USWNT), Facebook and the official U.S. Soccer App.

One of three countries to appear at every Olympics for women’s soccer since its inception in 1996, the USA boast an overall record of 25-2-5. in Olympic competition. The Americans’ 25 wins are the most by any team in the history of the tournament and the four-time gold medalists have outscored the opposition,64-32, in its 32 all-time Olympic matches. On five of its previous six trips to the Olympics, the USA has opened the tournament with a win, the lone blemish coming in a 2-0 loss to Norway in the opening match of 2008. The USA went on to win gold.

The 2020 Olympic tournament will run from July 21-Aug. 6 with six group games taking place on each of the first-round dates – July 21, 24 and 27 – giving all nations only two days of rest between matches. The 12 qualified teams have been drawn into three groups – E, F and G – of four teams each with the top two finishers in each group plus the two best third-place teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Should teams be level on points and the end of group play, the first tie-breaker is superior goal difference followed by most total goals scored.

For the first time in a world championship event, teams will be allowed five substitutes each, plus one potential concussion substitute according to the new established protocols, in addition to an extra sub if a match in the knockout rounds goes into overtime. Two yellow cards in separate games over the first four matches will result in a one-game suspension, but single yellow cards will clear after the quarterfinals.

USA roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): 22-Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 5), 18-Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 6), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 73)

DEFENDERS (7): 17-Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG; 71/0), 12-Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 34/1), 2-Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 116/24), 20-Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars; 34/0), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 140/2), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 188/0), 14-Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 56/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 110/20), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 98/22), 16-Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 56/14), 19-Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 7/1), 6-Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 26/4), 3-Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 77/23)

FORWARDS (6): 7-Tobin Heath (Unattached; 171/35), 10-Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 306/126), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 180/110), 11-Christen Press (Unattached; 149/63), 15-Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 179/59), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 37/11)

Sweden roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): 12-Jennifer Falk (Hacken), 1-Hedvig Lindahl (Atletico Madrid, Spain), 22-Zecira Musovic (Chelsea, England)

DEFENDERS (6): 2-Jonna Andersson (Chelsea, England), 14-Nathalie Bjorn (Rosengard), 6-Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea, England), 4-Hanna Glas (Bayern Munich, Germany), 13-Amanda Ilestedt (Bayern Munich, Germany), 3-Emma Kullberg (Hacken)

MIDFIELDERS (6): 9-Kosovare Asllani (Real Madrid, Spain), 16-Filippa Angeldal (Hacken), 5-Hanna Bennison (Rosengard), 8-Lina Hurtig (Juventus, Italy), 20-Julia Roddar (Washington Spirit), 17-Caroline Seger (Rosengard)

FORWARDS (7): 19-Anna Anvegard (Rosengard), 11-Stina Blackstenius (Hacken), 21-Rebecka Blomqvist (Wolfsburg), 10-Sofia Jakobsson (Real Madrid, Spain), 7-Madelen Janogy (Hammarby), 18-Fridolina Rolfo (Wolfsburg, Germany), 15-Olivia Schough (Rosengard)