U.S. WNT Falls to France 3-0 in SheBelieves Cup Finale

France Wins Its First SheBelieves Cup Title; USA Next Heads to Texas in April for Friendlies Against Russia

WASHINGTON D.C. (March 7, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team fell to France 3-0 in its final game of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup at RFK Stadium. With the victory, France won the second edition of the tournament.

The game was played in rainy conditions which contributed to a fast-paced match that saw the teams combined for 25 shots, but it was France who was more clinical inside the penalty area and had the USA chasing the game after scoring twice in two minutes early on.

France took the lead in the eighth minute off a penalty kick and just a minute later, Eugénie Le Sommer used her speed to sprint onto a long ball by Wendie Renard. She out-ran the U.S. defense, cut back skillfully to beat another retreating defender and slid the ball past Alyssa Naeher to go up 2-0.

U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis made two changes to start the second half, bringing on Mallory Pugh and Crystal Dunn and the USA did not suffer for scoring chances during the game. In the 56th minute, Pugh hit a fantastic shot from the left corner of the box that looked destined for the near post, but France goalkeeper Meline Gérard did well to punch it clear.

Later in the half, France again found space deep on the USA’s right sideline when Eve Perisset got free and hit a hard cross into the six-yard box for Camile Abily and she spun her shot home for the third and final goal.

Up Next: The USA will play a pair of friendlies against Russia in Texas, on April 6 in Frisco, Texas and on April 9 in Houston. Tickets are now on sale on ussoccer.com.

2017 SheBelieves Cup Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GD

Points

France

3

2

0

1

+4

7

Germany

3

1

1

1

0

4

England

3

1

2

0

-1

3

USA

3

1

2

0

-3

3

Goal Scoring Rundown
FRA – Camille Abily (penalty kick), 8th minute: Amel Majri got a through-ball to Eugenie Le Sommer, who beat two defenders to get into the box. U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher came out to clear the ball but instead collided with Le Sommer. Abily stepped up to take the penalty and calmly slotted it to the left side of the goal to give France the 1-0 lead. WATCH GOAL

FRA – Eugénie Le Sommer (Wendie Renard), 9th minute: Renard sent a long ball from her own half over the top of the U.S. defense to the streaking Le Sommer in transition and the speedy forward ran into the U.S. box. Le Sommer was able to slip by two U.S. defenders to get in a one-on-one situation with Naeher and slid the ball past the U.S. ‘keeper into the right side of the goal. WATCH GOAL

FRA – Camile Abily (Eve Perisset), 63rd minute: France released Eve Perisset down the right sideline with a nice series of touches and she crossed from the end line to a well-positioned Abily. Abily got inside position on her defender and was able to spin her shot home from inside the six-yard box. WATCH GOAL

Social: Facebook; Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Instagram; Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt)

Additional Notes:

-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: March 7, 2017
Competition: 2017 SheBelieves Cup
Venue: RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 21,638
Weather: 64 degrees; rain showers

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             0          0          0
FRA                             2          1          3

FRA – Camille Abily (penalty kick)                             8th minute
FRA – Eugenie Le Sommer (Wendie Renard)           9
FRA – Camille Abily (Eve Perriset)                             63                   

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 20-Allie Long, 7-Casey Short; 16-Rose Lavelle (2-Mallory Pugh, 45), 3-Samantha Mewis (9-Lindsey Horan, 70), 6-Morgan Brian (8-Julie Johnston, 70), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (5-Kelley O’Hara, 78); 12-Lynn Williams (13-Alex Morgan, 70), 23-Christen Press (19-Crystal Dunn, 45)
Subs not used: 11-Ali Krieger, 14-Jessica McDonald, 15-Emily Sonnett, 18-Jane Campbell, 22-Brianna Pinto, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 21-Meline Gerard; 2-Eve Perisset (5-Assatou Tounkara, 68), 3-Wendie Renard (capt.), 4-Laura Georges, 6-Amandine Henry, 7-Sandie Toletti (15-Elise Bussaglia, 53), 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (18-Marie Laure Delie, 65), 10-Camille Abily (17-Gaetane Thiney, 81), 12-Elodie Thomis (11-Clarie Lavogez, 70), 22-Amel Majri (14-Camille Catala, 81), 23-Sakina Karchaoui
Subs not used: 1-Laetitia Philippe, 16-Sarah Bouhaddi, 13-Kadidiatou Diani, 20-Grace Geyoro
Head coach: Olivier Echouafni

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 13 / 12
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 9 / 7
Fouls: 9 / 15
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alyssa Naeher (caution)         7th minute
FRA – Sandi Toletti (caution)              18
FRA – Laura Georges (caution)         74

Officials: 
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantel Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marie-Han Gagnon-Chretien (CAN)
4th Official: Gillian Martindale (BRB)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Casey Short