U.S. wins the SheBelieves Cup with 1-0 win over England
It's the second SheBelieves Cup win for the United States
The U.S. women's national team won the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
The U.S. women's national team won the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The United States women’s national team beat England 1-0 on Wednesday night at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida, to win the 2018 SheBelieves Cup.

It’s the second SheBelieves Cup title in three tries for the United States. They won it in 2016 and finished last in the four-team tournament in 2017.

The United States got the game’s only goal in the 58th minute thanks to a bit of bad luck for England.

Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe played a cross into the box towards Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan. Her ball was deflected by an England defender before Millie Bright appeared to kick the ball into her own net to give the U.S. the 1-0 lead. The ball bounced off England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley‘s leg and she was officially credited with the own goal on the play. 


Ellen White, who had scored three goals in the tournament’s first two games, nearly tied the game for the Lionesses in the 87th minute, but it was not England’s day. On a free kick, White went up for a header, but her shot hit the post and somehow the rebound did not go over the line.



North Carolina Courage forward Crystal Dunn played all 90 minutes at left back for the United States, stepping in on the backline for Kelley O’Hara and Casey Short. Dunn made several key plays to help preserve the shutout, which came against a few of her former Chelsea teammates.


Sky Blue FC’s Carli Lloyd earned her 250th international cap, just the sixth USWNT player to ever do so. She came close to international goal No. 99 in the second half, but her header was just over the bar.


Lloyd’s Sky Blue teammate Savannah McCaskill entered in the 80th minute for her fourth career cap in as many games.

Seattle Reign FC forward Jodie Taylor started for England. Houston Dash defender Rachel Daly entered as substitute in the 75th minute. England finished in second place.

In the first game of the day, France beat Germany 3-0.

The win completed a strong turnaround for France following a 4-1 defeat to England in the opening game. They earned a draw vs. the United States on Sunday before Wednesday’s big win to finish the tournament 1-1-1 and in third place.

Former Portland Thorns FC midfielder Amandine Henry opened the scoring in the tenth minute with a brilliant goal.





Eugénie Le Sommer added another score to her SheBelieves Cup tally in the 55th minute. Valérie Gauvin made it 3-0 in the 68th minute.


Germany finished the tournament 0-2-1 and in fourth place.

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