San Diego Wave: Sofia Jakobsson called up to Sweden for World Cup

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This Tuesday, June 13, it was officially announced that San Diego Wave’s Sofia Jakobsson was called up for the Sweden women’s national team for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

It will be Jakobsson’s fourth World Cup that. She plays in already have played in the 2011, 2015, and 2019 editions of the tournament.

The 33-year-old winger has scored two goals in World Cups and will be looking to add to that tally in this year’s tournament. Sweden will be in Group G of the competition with Argentina, Italy, and South Africa, which is a tough but manageable group for a team like Sweden.

Jakobsson started the 2023 NWSL season on the bench, but after a couple of key injuries, she earned a starting role with Casey Stoney’s team and has kept it since then. The Swedish midfielder has played in all 11 NWSL league games for the Wave, has started seven games, scored two goals, and has provided an assist.

Jakobsson brings a plethora of experience on the field and has an immense ability to weave her way around the opponent’s backline and provide productive crosses and passes. The 33-year-old also has a very potent shot on her that has shown itself throughout this season.

After the game between San Diego Wave and Portland Thorns on May 26, Jakobsson talked a bit about her journey this season and what it meant for her World Cup hopes. “I didn’t play that much in the Euros, and I’ve felt great in these last couple of games, and it’s obviously great to score tonight. But right now, I’m thinking just about right here and for the team. Help the team here and see how it goes. If I go to the World Cup or not, obviously I want to do that, but right now, my mind is here and to do as good as I can”, Jakobsson said.

The veteran winger was clearly heavily focused on maintaining her consistent form with the Wave and now has earned her spot on the Sweden World Cup roster. Jakobsson talked about earning her spot on the roster this Tuesday, June 13. “I’m super honored, and I’m so happy to represent Sweden for a fourth time in a World Cup. It means the most to represent your country. It has always been a dream since I was really small, and to be able to do it four times is amazing, and I’m looking forward to it so much”, Jakobsson said.

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The Swedish international also shared her hopes when it comes to this edition of the global tournament. “I’ve been able to win two medals in three of them and looking forward to the fourth, and hopefully, we can go further than we have in the other three tournaments,” Jakbsson said.

Sweden has been a powerhouse in women’s soccer, earning three third-place honors in FIFA women’s World Cup history. Jakobsson was part of the 2011 and recent 2019 third-place finishes, as the Blue and Yellow has plenty of potential in 2023. Sweden will play its first game in the 2023 Women’s World Cup on July 22 against South Africa.

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