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WNT Blanks Germany 1-0 on Wintry Night in Columbus at 2018 SheBelieves Cup

COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 1, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team opened its 2018 SheBelieves Cup run with a strong 1-0 win against No. 2 FIFA-ranked Germany in front of 14,591 fans on a cold, rainy Thursday night at MAPFRE Stadium. The win against Germany was the USA’s third in as many SheBelieves Cup appearances, with the WNT previously defeating the Europeans 2-1 in the inaugural 2016 tournament and 1-0 in 2017.

Germany had some good opportunities early in the game, putting USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to work often. However, it was the USA that found its groove and struck first. Megan Rapinoe opened the scoring with a nice finish on an Alex Morgan assist in the 17th minute for the 1-0 lead early in the half. 

In the second frame, the USA controlled the match from the get-go, pushed forward and outshot Germany 9-3, shutting the European side out and closing the match with a win and an important three points ahead of its next game of the tournament.

Earlier today, England dominated France 4-1, scoring three goals in the first half, and adding one in the second to establish a new SheBelieves Cup record for most goals scored in a single game. France pulled one back late in the second half to avoid being shut out. The win was only England’s second against France since 1974, with the first coming last summer at the UEFA Women’s Euros in the Netherlands. 

Next, the U.S. WNT travels to Harrison, N.J. for the second leg of the SheBelieves Cup at Red Bull Arena, home of MLS’s New York Red Bulls. The USA will kick off against France on Sunday, March 4 at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2, while Germany faces England at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

2018 SheBelieves Cup Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

England

1

1

0

0

4

1

+3

3

USA

1

1

0

0

1

0

+1

3

Germany

0

0

1

0

0

1

-1

0

France

1

0

1

0

1

4

-3

0

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Alex Morgan), 17th minute: Alyssa Naeher’s long service made it to Alex Morgan, who was stationed just past midfield. Her tiny flick split the Germany backline and rolled towards the goal. Rapinoe outran her defender and beat Almuth Schult to the ball before hitting a shot between the German goalkeeper’s legs into the back of the net. USA 1, GER 0. WATCH. FINAL.

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Additional Notes:

  • U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis used almost the exact same lineup that took the field against Denmark on Jan. 21. The one change was Carli Lloyd in for Andi Sullivan in the midfield.
  • Ellis made all six subs; all in the second half: Morgan Brian came in for Carli Lloyd in the 65th, Savannah McCaskill earned her second WNT cap when she came in for Julie Ertz in the 72nd; Casey Short came in for Kelley O’Hara in the 79th; Emily Sonnett came in for Megan Rapinoe in the 86th; Lynn Williams came in for Mallory Pugh in the 90+1, and Allie Long came in for Alex Morgan in the 90+4. 
  • Just two players in the USA’s starting lineup (Alyssa Naeher and Carli Lloyd) started against Germany at last year’s SheBelieves Cup.
  • Megan Rapinoe earned her 131st international appearance today. She scored her 35th career goal, tying April Heinrichs and Sydney Leroux for 15th on the WNT’s all-time goals list. 
  • With today’s assist on Rapinoe’s goal, Alex Morgan has now recorded four goals and four assists in her career against Germany. She has played them nine times, appearing in the USA’s starting XI on seven occasions. She earned her 136th cap tonight. 
  • Alyssa Naeher earned her 25th cap tonight and 13th career shutout. She and is the seventh goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 25 or more caps. 
  • There were two teenagers in the USA’s starting XI tonight in 19-year-olds Mallory Pugh and Tierna Davidson, both of whom are age-eligible for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The pair also started together in the USA’s first game of the year on Jan. 21 in San Diego, where they combined for two goals and two assists. Before that match in San Diego, the last time two teenagers were in the U.S. WNT starting lineup was June 30, 2001 against Canada in Toronto. Aleisha Cramer (18) and Cat Whitehill (19) both played the entire game. Tonight, Davidson played all 90 minutes, while Pugh played 89.
  • Morgan Brian entered the match in the 65th minute, to see her first WNT action since playing the final 16 minutes against New Zealand on Sept. 15, 2017. Brian was hampered by injuries last year and played in just six games, starting two. She is just 25-years-old and has 70 caps putting her in 44th place on the all-time caps list.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany
Date: March 1, 2018
Competition: SheBelieves Cup
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 14,591
Weather:  37 degrees; mixed rain/snow, windy

Scoring Summary:            1             2             F
USA                                     1             0             1                           
GER                                     0             0             0                           

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Alex Morgan)            17th minute

Lineups:
USA:  1-Alyssa Naeher; 22-Taylor Smith, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 17-Tierna Davidson, 5-Kelley O’Hara (2-Casey Short, 79); 8-Julie Ertz (21-Savannah McCaskill, 72), 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (6-Morgan Brian, 65); 11-Mallory Pugh (12-Lynn Williams, 90+1), 13-Alex Morgan (20-Allie Long, 90+4), 15-Megan Rapinoe (16-Emily Sonnett, 86)
Substitutes: 3-Andi Sullivan, 14-Sofia Huerta, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Crystal Dunn, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

GER: Germany: 1-Almuth Schult, 3-Kathrin Hendrich, 4-Leonie Maier (23-Hasret Kayikci, 76), 5-Babett Peter (8-Lena Goeßling, 54), 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan (capt.), 11-Alexandra Popp, 13-Sara Däbritz, 16-Linda Dallmann (20-Lina Magull, 68), 17-Verena Faißt, 19-Svenja Huth, 22-Tabea Kemme
Substitutes: 12-Laura Benkarth, 21-Carina Schlüter, 2-Johanna Elsig, 7-Jacqueline Klasen, 9-Mandy Islacker, 14-Anna Blässe, 15-Sara Doorsoun, 26-Sharon Beck, 27-Lea Schüller
Head coach: Steffi Jones

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 6 / 13
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
GER – Alexandra Popp (caution)                                    75th minute
GER – Tabea Kemme (caution)                                      83

Officials:
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)                                                                                                               
Assistant Referee 1: Shirely Perello (HON)                                                                                                                           
Assistant Referee 2: Yudilla Briones (MEX)                                                                                                                           
4th Official: Karitza Guerra (HON)                               

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alyssa Naeher

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany
Date: March 1, 2018
Competition: SheBelieves Cup
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 14,591
Weather:  37 degrees; mixed rain/snow, windy

Scoring Summary:            1             2             F
USA                                     1             0             1                            
GER                                     0             0             0                           

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Alex Morgan)            17th minute

Lineups:
USA:  1-Alyssa Naeher; 22-Taylor Smith, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 17-Tierna Davidson, 5-Kelley O’Hara (2-Casey Short, 79); 8-Julie Ertz (21-Savannah McCaskill, 72), 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (6-Morgan Brian, 65); 11-Mallory Pugh (12-Lynn Williams, 90+1), 13-Alex Morgan (20-Allie Long, 90+4), 15-Megan Rapinoe (16-Emily Sonnett, 86)
Substitutes: 3-Andi Sullivan, 14-Sofia Huerta, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Crystal Dunn, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

GER: Germany: 1-Almuth Schult, 3-Kathrin Hendrich, 4-Leonie Maier (23-Hasret Kayikci, 76), 5-Babett Peter (8-Lena Goeßling, 54), 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan (capt.), 11-Alexandra Popp, 13-Sara Däbritz, 16-Linda Dallmann (20-Lina Magull, 68), 17-Verena Faißt, 19-Svenja Huth, 22-Tabea Kemme
Substitutes: 12-Laura Benkarth, 21-Carina Schlüter, 2-Johanna Elsig, 7-Jacqueline Klasen, 9-Mandy Islacker, 14-Anna Blässe, 15-Sara Doorsoun, 26-Sharon Beck, 27-Lea Schüller
Head coach: Steffi Jones

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 6 / 13
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
GER – Alexandra Popp (caution)                                    75th minute
GER – Tabea Kemme (caution)                                      83

Officials: 
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)                                                                                                                
Assistant Referee 1: Shirely Perello (HON)                                                                                                                           
Assistant Referee 2: Yudilla Briones (MEX)                                                                                                                           
4th Official: Karitza Guerra (HON)                               

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alyssa Naeher

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 1, 2018) – The England Women’s National Team put together an excellent performance in a deserved 4-1 victory against France during the opening game of the 2018 SheBelieves Cup.

On a chilly night at MAPFRE Stadium, forward Toni Duggan scored in the 7th minute, midfielder Jill Scott added a second in the 28th and forward Jodie Taylor of the NWSL’s Seattle Reign added another in the 39th as England outplayed France to earn a commanding victory. Fran Kirby scored about a minute into the second half to effectively put the game away. 

France outshot England 12-10, but the real story was England’s efficiency inside the penalty area. The Lionesses had six shots on goal to France’s one. The win was only England’s second against France since 1974. The first came last summer at the UEFA Women’s Euros in the Netherlands. 

The match was the opening game of the first doubleheader in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup with the nightcap featuring the United States vs. Germany at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. 

England’s first goal came after a throw-in from the right sideline. Midfielder Nikita Parris received the ball, spun towards the middle and played it to Fran Kirby who quickly found the unmarked Toni Duggan in the left side of the penalty area. Duggan finished smartly, bending her hard, right-footed shot into the lower right corner for the early lead. It was her 20th international goal. 

Kirby hit the underside of crossbar with a blast a few minutes later and the ball pounded the ground near the line but didn’t cross into the goal. 

England doubled its lead in the 28th minute after Lucy Bronze darted down the right flank and played a pass back to Jill Scott that was dummied by Parris at the top of the penalty area. Scott then hit a somewhat innocuous first-time shot on the ground, but it found a way through traffic inside the penalty area and skidded off the wet turf to sneak just inside the right post. It was Scott’s 19th international goal. 

England made it 3-0 in the 39th minute after Jodie Taylor timed her run well to get behind the France back line and Parris played a perfectly-weighted through ball. France goalkeeper Karima Benameur, playing in just her fourth international game, hesitated, giving Taylor the chance to poke the ball past her and into the net for her 16th goal for England. 

England wasted no time getting on the board just over a minute into the second half as Scott did well to get off a cross from the right side of the penalty area. Kirby made a darting run deep into the penalty box and got to the rolling ball first, pushing it past the goalkeeper with a first-time shot to make it 4-0 and set a record for most goals scored by a pair of teams in a SheBelieves Cup match. 

England’s three goals in the first 45 minutes set a record for most goals in a half at the SheBelieves Cup. 

As freezing rain began to fall, France pulled a goal back in the 77th minute off a shot from distance by substitute Gaetane Thiney that took a significant deflection off an England defender and flew into the net. It was her 56th international goal in her 142nd cap. 

England lost defender Anita Asante early in the game to an apparent knee injury and she was replaced by Abbie McManus, who earned her first cap. 

The SheBelieves Cup continues on Sunday, March 4 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. as the USA takes on France (Noon ET on ESPN2) followed by England against Germany (3 p.m. on ESPN3). The final pair of games takes place on Wednesday, March 7 in Orlando, Fla., when Germany plays France at (4 p.m. ET ESPN3) followed by the USA vs. England (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2). 

2018 SheBelieves Cup Standings 

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

England

1

1

0

0

4

1

+3

3

United States

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Germany

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

France

1

0

1

0

1

4

-3

0

– 2018 SheBelieves Cup Match Report – 

Match: England Women’s National Team vs. France Women’s National Team
Date: March 1, 2018
Competition: SheBelieves Cup
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 7,566
Weather: 58 degrees; rainy, windy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
ENG                            3          1          4                     
FRA                             0          1          1                     

ENG – Toni Duggan (Fran Kirby)                   7th minute
ENG – Jill Scott (Lucy Bronze)                       28
ENG – Jodie Taylor (Nikita Parris)                 39
ENG – Fran Kirby (Jill Scott)                          46
FRAGaëtane Thiney                                   77        

Lineups:
ENG: 1-Karen Bardsley (21-Carly Telford, 83); 2-Lucy Bronze (capt.), 5-Anita Asante (15-Abbie McManus, 14), 6-Millie Bright, 3-Demi Stokes (14-Alex Greenwood, 87); 7-Nikita Parris (19-Mel Lawley, 61), 8-Jill Scott, 22-Keira Walsh, 10-Fran Kirby (16-Izzy Christiansen, 71); 9-Jodie Taylor, 11-Toni Duggan (18-Ellen White, 71)
Substitutes: 13-Siobhan Chamberlain, 4-Fara Williams, 12-Hannah Blundell, 17-Rachel Daly, 20-Georgia Stanway, 23-Gabby George
Head Coach: Phil Neville 

FRA: 1-Karima Benameur, 3-Eve Perisset, 19-Griedge Mbock Bathy, 4-Laura Georges, 22-Sakina Karchaoui; 10-Aminata Diallo; 9-Eugénie Le Sommer, 14-Faustine Robert (12-Gaëtane Thiney, 61), 6-Amandine Henry (capt.), 20-Kadidiatou Diani (18-Viviane Asseyi, 61), 11-Ouleymata Sarr (13-Valérie Gauvin, 74)
Substitutes: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi, 21-Solène Durand, 2-Aïssatou Tounkara, 5-Estelle Cascarino, 7-Amel Majri, 8-Maeva Clemaron, 15-Marie-Charlotte Leger, 17-Marion Torrent, 23-Grace Geyoro
Head Coach: Corinne Diacre 

Stats Summary: ENG / FRA
Shots: 10 / 12
Shots on Goal: 6 / 1
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 5
Offside: 4 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
ENGMillie Bright (caution)                          52nd minute 

Officials:
Referee: Christina Unkel (USA)                                                                                           
Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Garner (USA)                                                                                     
Assistant Referee 2: Alicia Messer (USA)
4th Official: Karen Abt (USA)  

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Lineup Notes: USA Kicks Off 2018 SheBelieves Cup vs. Germany

USA vs. Germany
Date: March 1, 2018
Venue: MAPRE Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Broadcast: ESPN2
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT

Tonight’s Starting XI vs. Germany: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 22-Taylor Smith, 17-Tierna Davidson, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 11-Mallory Pugh, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe
Subs: 2-Casey Short, 3-Andi Sullivan, 6-Morgan Brian, 12-Lynn Williams, 14-Sofia Huerta, 16-Emily Sonnett, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Crystal Dunn, 20-Allie Long, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 26-Savannah McCaskill

  • U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis will use almost the exact same lineup that took the field against Denmark on Jan. 21 to start the new year. The one change is Carli Lloyd in for Andi Sullivan in the midfield.
  • Just two players in the USA’s starting lineup (Alyssa Naeher and Carli Lloyd) started against Germany at last year’s SheBelieves Cup.
  • There are two teenagers on the starting XI in 19-year-olds Mallory Pugh and Tierna Davidson.
  • The match will be the first career game against Germany for Taylor Smith, Abby Dahlkemper and Davidson.
  • Captaining the USA today is Lloyd. She is the all-time active caps leader with 247 and will earn No. 248 tonight, putting her two away from becoming the sixth player in U.S. history to earn 250 caps. Lloyd is also sitting on 98 goals, two away from becoming the sixth player to score 100 or more for the USA, and the first since 2009 when Abby Wambach scored her 100th.
  • Lloyd scored 36 international goals between the time she debuted six days before her 23rd birthday, and her 30th birthday. Since turning 30, she has scored 62 goals in just over five and a half years. She earned the 50th assist of her career on Julie Ertz' goal against Brazil on July 30, joining just seven other U.S. players to earn 50 or more assists in their careers. Lloyd is in eighth-place in all-time assists, but with six more, can move into fifth.
  • Alyssa Naeher will earn her 25th cap tonight. She has 12 career shutouts and is the seventh goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 25 or more caps.
  • Smith will earn her ninth international cap tonight. She made her debut last July against Australia during the 2017 Tournament of Nations.
  • Dahlkemper makes her 15th career appearance today. The 2017 NWSL Defender of the Year made her debut for the U.S. on Oct. 19, 2016, against Switzerland in Utah, and earned her first start against Norway on June 11, 2017 where she played all 90 minutes to help the U.S. defense claim a shutout in Sandefjord. She is a former captain of the U-17 Women's National Team.
  • Kelley O'Hara, one of the most experienced players on the squad, is set to make her 106th appearance today.
  • Davidson will earn her second cap for the USA today, after becoming the 21st woman to make a WNT debut under Jill Ellis on Jan. 21 in San Diego. She earned her first career assist on that game. The 19-year-old Davidson helped lead Stanford to the NCAA Championship this past season. She is the third teenager since 2013 to earn a first cap for the U.S. WNT. Mallory Pugh (17 in 2016) and Lindsey Horan (19 in 2013) are the most recent teenagers to debut for the WNT.
  • Julie Ertz will earn her 59th cap tonight. Ertz, who began playing as defensive midfielder for the WNT during the 2017 Tournament of Nations, quickly excelled at the role and was named the 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. She finished 2017 six goals, second-most on the team. Ertz has 15 career goals for the WNT, with her game-winning goal against Denmark on Jan. 21 being the most recent.  
  • Lindsey Horan enjoyed a fine 2017, helping the Portland Thorns win the NWSL title by scoring the game-winning goal in the championship. For the WNT, she finished strong, establishing herself in the lineup. She will earn her 45th WNT cap today.
  • Pugh earns her 31st cap for the WNT tonight. She leads the WNT in scoring in 2018 after tallying her first career brace against Denmark on Jan. 21.
  • Alex Morgan comes into the match with 81 goals and will earn her 136th cap tonight. At age 28, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list. She’s scored eight goals over her last eight WNT matches, with her most recent coming on Jan. 21 against Denmark.
  • Megan Rapinoe makes her 131st international appearance today. She has 34 career goals, pulling her to within one goal of tying April Heinrichs and Sydney Leroux for 15th on the all-time goals list. 

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