Sweden had the first chance of the match in the first ten minutes on a breakaway but Ljungberg chipped over the bar. But nine minute later Wagner hit a first-time volley outside of the penalty area from 19 yards to give the U.S. the lead,. They held on to it until eleven minutes from time when Ljungberg scored a consolation goal for Sweden
The USA will play China in the Final on Thursday.
Post game quotes
U.S. National Team Head Coach April Heinrichs
Annually this is the best tournament in the world outside a world championship. This year, it's the best tournament we've played because of the demands of playing four games in seven days. Being in the group with these three teams, and coming out in first place and advancing to the final is a tremendous achievement for this group of players. We'll now play four World Cup teams in seven days. We play a high-energy game of soccer. We send a lot of numbers forward, have a lot of players who take touches on the ball and make runs to get into the attack. When you send numbers like that, over the course of the tournament, it makes you very tired. When we don't have that energy, it's difficult to play the way we can. Our team was surviving at times in the second half. Surviving implies a big effort and great intensity, but we didn't have the legs and the mental concentration to do what we wanted to do. That hurt us in the second half a bit.
We are very committed as coaches to development. We want to advance to the final, but we also want to get everyone playing time and I'm very pleased that we've had a chance to look at all our players and that all of them have contributed.
I didn't want to hit it too hard. It was one of those shots where you can miss big, or hit it well, so I didn't want to swing too hard. Luckily, I hit it well and it found the back corner. I've never played in an Algarve final and I know the team is excited to get back into the game with a chance to win it.
Sweden is a great team and we have a lot of respect for them. They needed to win, played a high-pressure game and we struggled possessing the ball. We gave the ball up a lot and had to play a lot of defense, and defense can be tiring. Playing so many games with only a day of rest in between can be tough. We played three great teams in our group, but hopefully it was good preparation for the final.