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Watch: Ertz goal caps furious USWNT 4-3 comeback win over Brazil
The USWNT scored three goals in nine minutes to earn the win
Chicago Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz scored her ninth international goal for the United States on Sunday night in San Diego at the Tournament of Nations. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
Chicago Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz scored her ninth international goal for the United States on Sunday night in San Diego at the Tournament of Nations. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Julie Ertz’s ninth career international goal capped a furious comeback as the U.S. women’s national team topped Brazil 4-3 in a wild game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, in the second game of the Tournament of Nations.

The game saw seven goals from six different goal scorers, all NWSL players: Ertz, Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press and Sam Mewis for the United States, and Andressinha (twice) and Bruna Benites for Brazil.

Andressinha opened up the scoring in just the second minute. After receiving a pass outside the 18 from Courage midfielder Debinha, the Dash midfielder then sent a long range shot that bounced out of Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher’s hands and into the back of the net.

 

Courage midfielder Sam Mewis equalized for the United States in the 18th minute, a forceful finish after Reign forward Megan Rapinoe found her open outside the penalty box.

Despite a number of chances for both sides, the score remained 1-1 until the 63rd minute when Dash defender Bruna Benites finished off a corner kick from Marta (Orlando Pride) that was headed on by Monica (Orlando Pride) to the back post. Benites’s right-footed finish put Brazil up 2-1.

Then in the 78th minute, the pace picked up quite a bit. Andressinha scored directly off a free kick from 20 yards out after Kelley O’Hara earned a yellow card for a foul on Marta. Brazil were up 3-1 and on the verge of their first ever win over the United States on American soil.

But the USWNT was not out of it just yet.

Just two minutes later, they would make it 3-2. Rapinoe sent a through ball that Red Stars forward Christen Press ran onto the end of. Press then cut around a defender and roofed a right-footed shot over Brazil goalkeeper Bárbara to pull the U.S. within one.

 

Five minutes later, Press would return the favor, sending a long ball down the left wing that Rapinoe was able to get on the end of. Rapinoe, the NWSL’s leading goal scorer, sent a left-footed shot to the near post to make it 3-3. It was Rapinoe’s first international goal since 2015.

 

Then in the 89th minute, just 11 minutes after going down 3-1, Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz, who subbed on in the 57th minute, gave the United States the win. Rapinoe found O’Hara making a run down the right flank and O’Hara crossed it into the box. Bárbara was able to get a hand on it, but the rebound went right to Ertz, who kicked it home with her right-foot to give the United States the dramatic 4-3 win.

 

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