Thursday, May 13, 2021

USWNT finishes two-game European tour against France on Tuesday

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The U.S. Women’s National Team will finish its two-game European tour with a match against third-ranked France on April 13 at Stade Océane in Le Havre (ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. local).

The Americans are coming off a 1-1 draw with Sweden on April 10 in Stockholm that featured two set play goals, for Sweden via Lina Hurtig off a corner kick in the first half and a late equalizer from the penalty spot by Megan Rapinoe. The draw ended the USA’s winning streak at 16 matches – the third-longest in team history – but kept alive an unbeaten streak that has stretched to 38 matches.

The USA’s unbeaten streak began following a 3-1 defeat to France on January 19, 2019, at Stade Océane – the venue for Tuesday’s match. The upcoming game will be the 25th all-time between the nations and their first since the quarterfinal round of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Fans will also be able to follow the action via Twitter (@USWNT),  Instagram (@USWNT), Facebook and the official U.S. Soccer App.

USWNT DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS)

GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 5), 21-Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 0), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 68)

DEFENDERS (8): 25-Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA; 2/0), 7-Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG; 65/0), 12-Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 29/1), 19-Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 110/24), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 135/2), 20-Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 6/1), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 183/0), 14-Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 51/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 109/20), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 92/20), 16-Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG; 52/14), 22-Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 22/4), 3-Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ENG; 71/21), 26-Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 16/0)

FORWARDS (6): 10-Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 300/124), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 174/108), 23-Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG; 143/60), 15-Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 174/58), 2-Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 3/0), 6-Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 34/10)

Head coach Vlatko Andonovski called up 23 players for the two matches against Sweden and France, but only 18 will suit up for each of the two matches, in which each team is allowed six substitutes. A total of 15 players saw game action in the April 10 draw against Sweden. Ten players on this USA roster have experience in the Olympic Games. Eighteen players play in the NWSL and the remaining five in Europe, four in England and one in France. Defender Alana Cook – who celebrated her 24th birthday on April 11 – plays for Paris Saint-Germain, who currently sit atop the standings of the French League. Six of her PSG club teammates are on this current roster for France.

LAST TIME OUT

A late Megan Rapinoe penalty kick helped the U.S. Women’s National Team secure a 1-1 draw against Sweden in an international friendly between two of the world’s top-five ranked teams on Saturday evening at an empty Friends Arena.

Sweden took the lead in the 38th minute off a set piece, as towering forward Lina Hurtig rose high to head in a corner kick from Kosovare Asllani, marking the first goal the USA has allowed since March 12, 2019, against Japan, and ending a run of six straight clean sheets. It was also the first goal scored on USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher in 10 matches, ending her U.S. record shutout. Naeher would come up huge just before the break by denying forward Fridolina Rolfo on a one-on-one opportunity that came from a USA give-away to keep the match within reach.

Trailing at halftime for the first time since Jan. 19, 2019, and trailing for the first time at any point in 17 matches under Andonovksi, the USA created a number of solid chances throughout the final 45 minutes, firing 13 shots to Sweden’s three. However, it took until the 87th minute for the U.S. to find an equalizer, as Megan Rapinoe buried a penalty kick with three minutes left for her team-leading sixth goal of the year after Kelley O’Hara was chopped down on the right edge of the penalty area. The goal was the 58th of Rapinoe’s international career, moving her to within two of tying Shannon MacMillan and Christen Press for ninth on the all-time list.

USA Lineup: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 12-Tierna Davidson, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle (3-Samantha Mewis, 65), 9-Lindsey Horan; 6-Lynn Williams (15-Megan Rapinoe, 57), 10-Carli Lloyd (Capt.) (13-Alex Morgan, 65), 23-Christen Press (22-Kristie Mewis, 85)

Substitutes Not Used: 18-Jane Campbell, 14-Emily Sonnett, 25-Alana Cook

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