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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 7, 2019, Carli Lloyd of the US celebrates after scoring a goal against Belgium during the International Women’s friendly football match between the US and Belgium at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. – Lloyd was named to her fourth Women’s World Cup roster on May 2, 2019, while 11 newcomers were chosen by US coach Jill Ellis for the upcoming tournament in France. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS – ELSENT, FPG, CM – OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **
(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 7, 2019, Carli Lloyd of the US celebrates after scoring a goal against Belgium during the International Women’s friendly football match between the US and Belgium at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. – Lloyd was named to her fourth Women’s World Cup roster on May 2, 2019, while 11 newcomers were chosen by US coach Jill Ellis for the upcoming tournament in France. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS – ELSENT, FPG, CM – OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **

The new era of the United States women's national team is off to a decent enough start.

In coach Vlatko Andonovski's first game at the helm of the World Cup-winning team, the Americans dominated a powerful Swedish side for long stretches Thursday until conceding twice for a 3-2 win.

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Although it was merely a friendly in cold and blustery Columbus, Ohio, the match was less about the result and more about the first glimpse of what the Andonovski-led U.S. team will look like. But Andonovski eased into the job, fielding a starting lineup that looked exactly like one his predecessor, Jill Ellis, might've rolled out with a rash of absences, including Alex Morgan, who is pregnant.

It took the Americans only five minutes to take the lead. Along the left flank, fullback Casey Short fed a ball upfield for Christen Press to run onto, and Press expertly placed a low, driving cross into the path of Carli Lloyd, who tapped it in.

In the 28th minute, another goal came from the left side via Press. She dribbled her way into the box, cutting the ball back to beat a pair of defender, and struck past goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.

But the USWNT's third goal was the stunner of the evening. A long, diagonal ball from Julie Ertz was flicked on into the box by Tobin Heath, and Lloyd took a couple touching wide before coolly chipping Lindahl.

At halftime, Lloyd told FS1 that the Americans were "really fluid" in the attack and, she added: "We're definitely implementing some of the philosophy Vlatko is wanting and little by little we're going to keep getting better."

The Americans, seemingly recognizing Sweden's tendency to attack on the counter, played compact defensively to force turnovers and stymie the Swedes from getting in behind. In the attack, the Americans tended to play out the back, connecting passes through the lines to feed Lloyd, up top.

The second, however, wasn't quite so festive for the Americans. In the 75th minute, Nathalie Bj?rn redirected a ball into the box for a Anna Anveg?rd tap-in. Four minutes later, Anveg?rd scored again, bringing the Swedes within one goal of the Americans.

The U.S. nearly extended their lead again when Short was fouled in the box, earning a penalty, but Lloyd fired the spot kick wildly over the bar.

Although Andonovski's starting lineup included players who have been regulars under Ellis, his substitutes signaled that players who had been passed over previously have a new shot with the national team. Lynn Williams, who came on in the second half, got her first cap since March 2018.

Ellis announced her plans to step down from the national team after winning her second straight World Cup in July. Andonovski previous coached for Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League, and FC Kansas City before that.

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