Megan Rapinoe leads the United States against Sweden in their second match in Group D tonight at 8 p.m. ET at Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The Seattle Reign FC midfielder scored the 30th and 31st goals of her international career and Chicago Red Stars forward Christen Press scored the game-winning goal 16 minutes into the second half as the United States got their World Cup campaign off to a strong start with a 3-1 victory over Australia on Monday.
Rapinoe, who tallied the first goal of the game in the 12th minute and completed the scoring in the 78th, has now scored in two consecutive World Cups and joins the list of U.S. internationals to score the opening goal for her country at the tournament: Carin Jennings (1991), Tisha Venturini (1995), Mia Hamm (1999), Kristine Lilly (2003), Abby Wambach (2007) and Lauren Holliday (2011).
The Redding, Calif. native, a member of the 2013 NWSL Second XI, is the first U.S. player to score two goals in a match at the World Cup since Wambach achieved the feat at the 2007 tournament in China.
Rapinoe was also involved in the build up to the United States' second goal, playing forward Sydney Leroux down the left flank before the Western New York Flash forward center the ball for Press to strike first-time into the net.
Press, a member of the Chicago Red Stars, now has 21 goals in just 46 international appearances.
Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo made five saves in the victory behind her backline of Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City) and Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit).
The NWSL made up 10 of the 11 starters in the game for the U.S. Women's National, with Wambach - whose rights are owned by the Reign - as the only player on the U.S. roster not currently affiliated with the league.
Rapinoe and Holliday each picked up a yellow card for the United States in the win and both need to avoid picking up a second yellow through the quarterfinals or will face a one-game suspension.
A victory Friday against Sweden, the No. 5 ranked team in the world, would book the U.S. a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup for the seventh-consecutive tournament.
However, coach Jill Ellis' team can expect a motivated Swedish side after the Europeans were held to a 3-3 draw with Nigeria on Monday.
The Swedes appeared set to join the United States on top of Group D until Washington Spirit forward Francisca Ordega scored for Nigeria in the 87th minute to claim a share of the points.
The United States will face Ordega and Nigeria in the final group stage match for both teams on June 16, while Sweden will finish up their Group D action against Australia the same day.