U.S. settles for 1-1 tie with Sweden

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tobin Heath scored off a rebound in the 81st minute to help the U.S. women's team tie Sweden 1-1 in an exhibition Saturday night.

The Americans outplayed the Swedes, getting 19 shots to the Europeans' seven, but hit the posts or crossbar three times before Heath's shot.

Sweden's Sofia Jakobsson scored from just out the box in the 28th minute.

The exhibition was the last game of the year for the U.S. national team, following two weeks of training in preparation of the 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament Jan. 19-29 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In the 81st minute, Alex Morgan got a shot off in the box that goalkeeper Kristin Hammarstrom blocked, but Heath — a second-half sub — knocked the rebound into the net from about 8 yards out.

Abby Wambach hit the left post on a header from close range in the 73rd minute and Morgan had a clear shot from left of Hammarstrom but hit the right post in the 78th minute.

In the first half, Jakobsson fired a shot that deflected slightly off U.S. defender Christie Rampone into the upper-right corner of the net, past goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.

Regular national team goalie Hope Solo, who has been in goal since before the World Cup, was not with the squad during the last two weeks while she competed on "Dancing with the Stars."

The United States, second last summer in the World Cup, lost to Sweden 2-1 during the tournament in Germany in the final group match, and by the same score in an exhibition to start the year Jan. 21.

The national team finished 13-3-4 for the year.

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