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SheBelieves Cup: United States, France tie 1-1; Germany, England also tie
The United States will face England on Wednesday for the SheBelieves Cup
(L-R) Kelley O'Hara, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Andi Sullivan celebrate Pugh's goal in Sunday's 1-1 draw between the United States and France at the SheBelieves Cup. (Photo credit: Howard Smith/isiphotos.com)
(L-R) Kelley O'Hara, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Andi Sullivan celebrate Pugh's goal in Sunday's 1-1 draw between the United States and France at the SheBelieves Cup. (Photo credit: Howard Smith/isiphotos.com)

Harrison, N.J. — The United States and France tied 1-1 in their second game of the SheBelieves Cup on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 25,706 at Red Bull Arena.

Overall it was a frustrating second game of the tournament for the Americans, who beat Germany 1-0 on Thursday, and a much improved one for the French, who were outplayed in their first game and lost 4-1 to England.

The U.S. took the lead in the 35th minute after Utah Royals FC defender Kelley O’Hara was fouled from behind just outside the penalty box on the left wing. Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe served the free kick into the box, where it bounced around before eventually finding Washington Spirit forward Mallory Pugh. In the scramble, Pugh was left open in the middle of the box. Her shot bounced off France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi’s outstretched hand and in for her third goal of the year.

But France equalized three minutes later when Olympique Lyon forward Eugénie Le Sommer found space in behind the defense. Le Sommer beat North Carolina Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper to the ball and then finished around Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who had come off her line to try to stop the attack.  

Lot of turnovers. Mental mistakes, too, not just technical areas,” Rapinoe said after the game. “Pretty bad all around for where we are and where we want to be going and the progressions we make. Just not good enough.”

The game marked the third international appearance for Savannah McCaskill, who will play her first pro season for Sky Blue FC this year. McCaskill subbed in at halftime and played central midfield. She also took all the corner kicks as Rapinoe had been subbed out after the first half.

Stanford defender Tierna Davidson, also making her third appearance, had a strong game at center back. In the 54th minute, she cleared the ball away from France midfielder Gaëtane Thiney, who had made a darting run into the box and appeared destined to force at least a shot on goal, if not give France a 2-1 lead.

 

Chicago Red Stars defender Casey Short went up for a challenge in the 74th minute, and appeared to roll her right ankle when she landed. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis seemed optimistic after the game that Short’s injury was not as bad as it may have looked.

 

“I guess we gotta check it out. I probably shouldn’t say too much medically. But I think she’s going to be OK. I’m not sure for the next game, but certainly I think she’s going to be OK,” Ellis said.

 

Houston Dash forward Christen Press subbed in for Short, and new Courage forward Crystal Dunn dropped back to left back for the final 15 minutes of the game.

 

Both teams pushed hard for a late game-winner, but France had a few good looks near the end of the game.

 

Naeher came up big in the final ten minutes as France pushed forward. In the 82nd minute, shutting down a dangerous chance for Valérie Gauvin. And then on the ensuing corner, stopping a point-blank shot from former Portland Thorns FC midfielder Amandine Henry.

 

 

Naeher also smothered France’s final chance of the game late in stoppage time after the ball had bounced around in the box.


 

England 2 Germany 2

 

In the second game, England and Germany played to a 2-2 draw in a back-and-forth affair.

 

The United States and England are now tied with four points for first place in the tournament. Wednesday’s meeting between the two teams will decide the winner of the SheBelieves Cup.

 

The first half of the the game played out much the same as USA vs. France, with both teams quickly trading goals.

 

Germany scored first, and like the United States, they did so off a mad scramble in the box that eventually fell to the feet of Hasret Kayikçi in the 17th minute.

 

England answered a minute later with a goal from forward Ellen White.

 

Germany took the lead in the 51st minute on an own goal by England defender Millie Bright. As Germany applied offensive pressure, England blocked several shots, but a save from goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain bounced off the back of defender Millie Bright’s leg and over the line.

 

England answered, and once again, it was due to White. She evened the score in the 73rd minute, beating the offside trap and then beating Germany goalkeeper Almuth Schult on a breakaway.

White’s brace comes a year to the day of her dramatic late game-winning goal to beat the United States in the SheBelieves Cup — and in the same venue.

Houston Dash defender/forward Rachel Daly subbed in for England in the 83rd minute and played in midfield for the rest of the game. She had a good look on goal in the 88th minute, but her shot was right at Schult, who made the save.

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