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Crystal Dunn sets up USWNT’s lone goal in friendly win over Sweden

Crystal Dunn of USA during the international friendly

Crystal Dunn of USA during the international friendly between Sweden and USA at Ullevi Stadium on June 8, 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Credit: Getty Images / Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello

GOTEBORG, Sweden — Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre set up Rose Lavelle for a goal in the 56th minute, lifting the U.S. women to a 1-0 victory over Sweden in a friendly on Thursday night.

A perfectly timed run from the midfield by Dunn led to a through-ball for Lavelle inside the 18-yard box. Lavelle put it home for her second international goal in her fifth international appearance.

“I pulled out wide . . . and Crystal was running out the backline and laid an awesome ball to me and I hit it with my right foot,” Lavelle said. “When I got the ball, I was debating should I play it across the face of the goal or should I shoot it. I decided to be a little selfish. “It was a good choice this time.”

Earlier, Dunn had a semi-breakaway, but her shot was saved by Hilda Carlen.

Alyssa Naeher got the shutout, with lots of help from Allie Long. Sweden had a dangerous chance in the 44th minute when Caroline Seger got free in the box. Her shot from the left side of the penalty area looked to be going wide before it was blocked by Long. The ball bounced over sliding goalkeeper Naeher, but Long recovered to sweep the ball off goal line.

The U.S. women will play Norway on Sunday to finish their two-game trip.

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