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Young Americans play 0-0 draw with Sweden.

MELBOURNE, Australia (Monday, January 10, 2000) -- The young United States women's soccer team played a 0-0 tie with Sweden today in the second round of the four-nation Australia Cup.

The Americans, playing without the 20 members of last summerís Womenís World Cup champion, put five of their eight shots on goal, while Sweden (1-0-1, 4 points, minus-2 goal differential) did not manage to put any of its six shots on frame in the defensive struggle.

Nandi Pryce and Danielle Slaton led the way on the U.S. back line as goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene was not called on for a save.

Striker Susan Bush came up empty on three good chances to put the Americans (1-0-1, 4 points, plus-7) ahead in the second half.

"The positive sign is that the girls are still disappointed with a 0-0 draw," said U.S coach Lauren Gregg. "Even though we didn't pull it off, I was happy with the quality of our opportunities."

Sweden coach Marika Donanski Lyforn said her team should have capitalized on its chances in the first half. "I knew we would meet a very good U.S. team," she said. "I think we should have made a couple of goals in the first half -- that's what you have to do to win against any U.S. team."

In the second match, Australia (1-1, 3 points, plus-1), coming off a 2-0 loss to Sweden in Sydney last Friday, recorded a 3-0 decision over the Czech Republic (0-2, 0 points, minus-10).

The U.S. takes on host Australia, and Sweden plays the Czech Republic in the third and final round in Adelaide on Thursday.

"The team is really responding well to this environment," said defender Michelle French. "Everyone is so excited just to represent our country and all of our under-21 national team experience has been really valuable. We're all dedicated and focused to try to beat Australia."

United States 0, Sweden 0

Lineups: United States - Lakeysia Beene, Kelly Lindsey, Nandi Pryce, Michelle French (captain), Danielle Slaton, Aleisha Cramer, Aly Wagner, Nikki Serlenga, Jen Mascaro (Christie Welsh 46, Veronica Zepeda 78), Sherrill Kester (Susan Bush 46), Mandy Clemens (Heather Aldama 70); Sweden - Caroline Jonsson, Karolina Westberg, Cecilia Sandell (Jessika Sundh 67), Hanna Marklund, Malin Mostrom (Victoria Svensson 56), Jane Tornqvist, Kristin Bengtsson (Asa Lonqvist 64), Malin Andersson (captain), Linda Green (Linda Fagerstrom 71), Tina Nordlund (Malin Gustafsson 89), Hanna Ljungberg.


Shots: United States 8, Sweden 6. Saves: United States 0, Sweden 5. Corner kicks: United States 5, Sweden 1. Fouls: United State 13, Sweden 10. Offside: United States 4, Sweden 0.

Referee: Krys Szorola (Australia). Assistant referees: Elizabeth Mast (Australia), Jacquie Leleu (Australia). Attendance: 2,000 at Bob Jane Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Weather: Hot, humid, 78 degrees.

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