August 2 update: The USWNT will officially be playing Sweden in the round of 16 after they won Group G with three victories.
The USWNT went into the final group stage match at the 2023 women’s World Cup knowing a win or draw would be enough to book a spot in the knockout round. It became clear after a half the top spot in the group was not going to be attained after Netherlands’ onslaught against Vietnam, so the Americans were content to hunker down and see out the game. A 0-0 draw won’t be much inspiration for fans but the United States are headed to the knockout round. Here’s a look at their next opponent.
As the runner-up in Group E, the United States will play the Group G winners in the round of 16. Barring a ridiculous barrage of goals from Italy, it’ll be Sweden taking on USA. Sweden has been a regular in the knockout stage at the World Cup, making the semifinal round four times in the competition’s history and making one final.