HALMSTAD, Sweden (AP) — Abby Wambach’s 136th career goal for the U.S. women’s team led the Americans past Sweden 3-1 Saturday in a tune-up for the London Olympics.
Wambach connected just 8 minutes in, then Alex Morgan scored in the 22nd. Sweden’s Lotta Schelin scored in the 35th minute, and substitute Tobin Heath sealed the game with a header 11 minutes into the second half.
Wambach’s goal came off a punt from goalkeeper Hope Solo. Heather O’Reilly won the ball in the air, nodding it to Wambach. She turned on a defender and her half-volley from 35 yards caught keeper Hedvig Lindahl out of her goal.
The U.S. team will have one day of rest before facing Japan on Monday. The Japanese beat the Americans for the World Cup title last year.