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WNT Wins 2018 SheBelieves Cup with 1-0 Victory vs. England

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 7, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated England 1-0 in front of 12, 351 fans at Orlando City Stadium on Wednesday night to win its second SheBelieves Cup title in three years.

A tight defensive affair in the opening minutes, the USA went on to out-shoot England 3-0 in the first half with the most dangerous chances coming late in the frame. In the 43rd minute, Megan Rapinoe passed a ball into the middle of the box, but no one could get to it and England cleared it out of danger. A minute later, Mallory Pugh made a beautiful run and set herself up on top of the box but her shot hit off the outside of the left.

After knocking at the door from the start in the second half, the USA’s pressure on England finally got to the Three Lionesses in the 58th minute when a cross from Rapinoe deflected in for the game winner after hitting England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley’s leg.

In the first game of the day, France defeated Germany 3-0 in what was the final match for both teams at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, getting a first half screamer from Amandine Henry and second-half scores from Eugenie Le Sommer and Valerie Gauvin that sealed the victory.

The win cemented a third-place finish for France – a year after winning the world’s most-elite women’s soccer tournament – behind England, both of whom earned 1-1-1 records. Germany rounded out the final standings with an 0-2-1 finish.

Next, the U.S. WNT will host a pair of friendlies against CONCACAF neighbor Mexico on April 5 (7 p.m. ET; FS1) in Jacksonville, Fla. at EverBank Field and on April 8 (1:30 p.m. ET; FOX) in Houston, Texas at BBVA Stadium.

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2018 SheBelieves Cup Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

3

2

0

1

3

1

+2

7

England

3

1

1

1

6

4

+2

4

France

3

1

1

1

5

5

0

4

Germany

3

0

2

1

2

6

-4

1

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Own Goal (Karen Bardsley), 58th minute: Megan Rapinoe sent in a hard cross on the ground from the left side of the penalty area. Defender Millie Bright, positioned in front of her goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, got a slight toe on the ball throwing off Bardsley. The ball hit Bardsley in the leg and rolled into the goal from close range. USA 1, ENG 0. WATCH. FINAL.

Additional Notes:

  • After having only three players (Sauerbrunn, Mewis, Lloyd) start all three SheBelieves games in 2017, the U.S. WNT had seven start all three in 2018 (Naeher, Dahlkemper, Davidson, Horan, Pugh, Morgan, Rapinoe).
  • Five players in the USA’s starting lineup (Dunn, Lloyd, Horan, Pugh and Morgan) started against England at last year’s SheBelieves Cup.
  • Only three players on the USA roster played all 270 minutes of the tournament: goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, and defenders Tierna Davidson and Abby Dahlkemper.
  • Just like it in the first three USA matches of 2018, there were two teenagers in the USA's starting XI today, 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. Against Denmark in San Diego, the pair combined for two goals and two assists. Before that match in San Diego, the last time two teenagers were in the WNT starting lineup was June 30, 2001 vs. Canada in Toronto. Aleisha Cramer (18) and Cat Whitehill (19) both played the entire game. Both Davidson and Andi Sullivan (who starts tonight on the bench) won the 2017 NCAA College Cup with Stanford in this stadium.
  • Captaining the USA today was Carli Lloyd, who earned cap No. 250. With her start tonight, she became the sixth player in U.S. history to earn 250 caps. She is 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. 
  • Naeher earned her 27th cap tonight. She also earned her 14th career shutout. She is the seventh goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 25 or more caps.
  • Emily Sonnett made her first start since Oct. 19, 2016 against Switzerland. She earned her 15th cap tonight. She played all 90 minutes.
  • Abby Dahlkemper made her 17th career appearance today. She was one of three players to play all 270 minutes of the tournament.
  • Davidson made her fourth consecutive start in as many international appearances. She became 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.
  • Crystal Dunn earned her 59th career cap tonight and made her first start since July 30, 2017 against Brazil. She played tonight’s game as an outside back, a position she played during the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, and at the beginning of her senior WNT career.
  • Pugh earned her 33rd cap for the WNT tonight. She leads the WNT in scoring in 2018 after tallying her first career brace against Denmark on Jan. 21 and a goal against France on March 4. She made her 25th career start tonight, putting her in second all-time in starts before the age of 20 behind only Tiffany Roberts (41).
  • Alex Morgan came into the match with 81 goals and earned her 138th 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 11 WNT matches, with her most recent coming on Jan. 21 against Denmark.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. England
Date: March 7, 2018
Competition: SheBelieves Cup
Venue: Orlando City Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,351
Weather: 68 degrees; clear

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

USA – Own goal (Karen Bardsley)                             58th minute              

Lineups:

USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 16-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 17-Tierna Davidson, 19-Crystal Dunn; 20-Allie Long (14-Sofia Huerta, 74), 9-Lindsey Horan (6-Morgan Brian, 74), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 11-Mallory Pugh (12-Lynn Williams, 90+2), 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (21-Savannah McCaskill, 80)
Substitutes: 2-Casey Short, 3-Andi Sullivan, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Ertz, 18-Jane Campbell, 22-Taylor Smith, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

ENG: 1-Karen Bardsley; 2-Lucy Bronze, 15-Abbie McManus, 6-Millie Bright, 3-Demi Stokes (12-Hannah Blundell, 87); 22-Keira Walsh (8-Jill Scott 86), 16-Izzy Christiansen; 19-Mel Lawley (11-Toni Duggan, 52), 10-Fran Kirby (17-Rachel Daly, 75), 18-Ellen White; 9-Jodie Taylor (7-Nikita Parris, 52)           
Substitutes: 4-Fara Williams, 13-Siobhan Chamberlain, 14-Alex Greenwood, 20-Georgia Stanwood, 23-Gabby George
Head Coach: Phil Neville

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 8 / 6
Shots on Goal: 2 / 0
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 13
Offside: 0 / 7

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)                                                                                                 
Assistant Referee 1: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)                                                                                               
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Odette Hamilton (JAM)                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Tierna Davidson

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. England 
Date: March 7, 2018
Competition: SheBelieves Cup
Venue: Orlando City Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,351
Weather: 68 degrees; clear

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

USA – Own goal (Karen Bardsley)                             58th minute              

Lineups:

USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 16-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 17-Tierna Davidson, 19-Crystal Dunn; 20-Allie Long (14-Sofia Huerta, 74), 9-Lindsey Horan (6-Morgan Brian, 74), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 11-Mallory Pugh (12-Lynn Williams, 90+2), 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (21-Savannah McCaskill, 80)
Substitutes: 2-Casey Short, 3-Andi Sullivan, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Ertz, 18-Jane Campbell, 22-Taylor Smith, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

ENG: 1-Karen Bardsley; 2-Lucy Bronze, 15-Abbie McManus, 6-Millie Bright, 3-Demi Stokes (12-Hannah Blundell, 87); 22-Keira Walsh (8-Jill Scott 86), 16-Izzy Christiansen; 19-Mel Lawley (11-Toni Duggan, 52), 10-Fran Kirby (17-Rachel Daly, 75), 18-Ellen White; 9-Jodie Taylor (7-Nikita Parris, 52)           
Substitutes: 4-Fara Williams, 13-Siobhan Chamberlain, 14-Alex Greenwood, 20-Georgia Stanwood, 23-Gabby George
Head Coach: Phil Neville

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 8 / 6
Shots on Goal: 2 / 0
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 13
Offside: 0 / 7

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials: 
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)                                                                                                  
Assistant Referee 1: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)                                                                                                
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Odette Hamilton (JAM)                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Tierna Davidson

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Tierna Davidson Delivers Against the World’s Best

Tierna Davidson is not your average 19-year-old, on or off the field.

Davidson, who is considering a major in biomedical computation, bioengineering or human biology at Stanford University, carries herself with a maturity that belies her years.  She speaks calmly and eloquently. She chooses her words carefully and is detailed and thoughtful in her answers. She is also confident and in control. All those qualities were brightly on display during the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, on and off the field.


She is a sophomore at Stanford and just 19-years-old

Davidson started and played all 90 minutes in all three games of the tournament. She performed extremely well against three of the world’s best teams, all while playing in the key position of central defense alongside Abby Dahlkemper, no veteran herself with just 17 caps.

At 5-foot-10, Davidson is long and lean, remarkably fluid on the field and seemingly in synch with whatever is going on around her. She was one of only three U.S. players, along with Dahlkemper and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, to play every minute of the SheBelieves Cup.

She won balls in the air and on the ground. She chased down players on counter-attacks and gritted out timely clears. With the ball at her feet she was superb, making quality decisions and helping set the rhythm of the U.S. attack, often breaking a line when she darted into midfield with the ball to unbalance the defense. She even made a goal line save with just five minutes left against England to thwart an equalizer during the de facto tournament championship match. If England had scored, it would have won the tournament.


Battling for a ball against England on March 7

Even though she was by far the least experienced starter on the field, Davidson often looked like one of the best players. For those not versed in the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Team, it was likely hard to believe the games marked only her second, third and fourth senior team caps. She grew with every game and against England was a key player in securing the victory that helped the USA win the tournament.

U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis was extremely pleased with Davidson’s performance.

“Tierna was fantastic today,” Ellis said on March 4 after the 1-1 draw vs. France. “Her timing to come across from the weak side and snuff out chances in the box was excellent. Her aerial presence and her composure on the ball were great. She’s a very solid player and her end-point is going to be very high, but I already like where she is. She’s got a great left foot and she was very good today with a lot to deal with.”

Three days later, Ellis once again was impressed with Davidson, this time pointing out how difficult it is for a young defender to excel against this kind of competition in a tournament environment.

“This was her best performance,” Ellis said after the U.S. WNT defeated England 1-0 to earn the 2018 SheBelieves Cup title. “She’s been so solid and calm. I told her that I was so incredibly proud of her. To step in at that age in her first real time with this team and to be at this kind of level of competition, it speaks volumes about her and I’m really excited about where she’s headed because she was fantastic tonight.”


She earned her first cap and career assist with the WNT on Jan. 21 vs. Denmark

With a foot injury to veteran center back Becky Sauerbrunn sidelining her for this year’s January training camp and the friendly match against Denmark on Jan. 21, Davidson was given the starting nod against the Danes in San Diego and earned her first cap. She was the third teenager since 2013 to earn a first cap for the WNT. Mallory Pugh (17 in 2016) and Lindsey Horan (19 in 2013) were the most recent teenagers to debut. Davidson still has two years of college soccer left and has already led Stanford to an NCAA Championship, playing a key role in the Cardinal’s run to the title last season in the same stadium where the USA took down England to win the SheBelieves Cup.

Davidson performed well enough during that January camp in Los Angeles in what was her first extended training time with the U.S. team to earn a spot on the SheBelieves Cup roster and, with Sauerbrunn still recovering, got a chance to perform against the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 teams in the world while facing off against some of the world’s most dangerous strikers. The teenager delivered and earned the respect of her teammates.

“Tierna is just a really calm player who is always going to find the best solution in the back,” U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan said after the England game. “When she initially came in with this team and played outside back and I think it was a bit out of her comfort zone, but they moved her to center back and immediately she looked like a veteran. With Becky’s injury and her not being here for the last couple of camps, I feel like [Tierna] stepped up and matured incredibly fast. If someone were watching I don’t think they would say she’s 19-years-old. She’s was fantastic for us, and [against England] she saved a clear goal right off the goal line.”

While the core of players that Ellis will move forward with in 2018 is mostly set, there is always a chance for a new player to get a call-up, earn a chance to play and show she’s got what it takes to help the team.

Davidson’s performances over just four games are a glowing example of that kind of opportunity.

“This was an invaluable experience,” Davidson said after the tournament. “It was the best way to get to know the team, to get comfortable against some world-class teams and to really find my footing within the team. Playing against teams like that kept me on my toes and I got less nervous as the games went on, so in that sense the game slowed down a bit, but of course, I had to speed up my play as well. Before the games, it’s hard not to think about who you’re playing, but once you’re on the field, it’s just another game and another opponent. Whether it’s college players or world-class players, I’m ready to step up to it.”

On and off the field.

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By the Numbers: USA Wins 2018 SheBelieves Cup

The 2018 SheBelieves Cup came to an end on March 7 in Orlando, Fla., as the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated England, 1-0, in the final game of the tournament. The victory gave the USA its second championship in the three years the SheBelieves Cup has been contested. After only 11 and nine goals overall were scored in 2016 and 2017, respectively, this year broke a few tournament records.


1 Number of goals the USA allowed through three games in the tournament  
     
2 Number of SheBelieves Cup titles the USA has won (’16 and ’18)

2 Number of own goals scored by England (and a third took a deflection off defender Millie Bright, but was credited to
France’s Gaetene Thiney)

2 Players that scored for the USA (Mallory Pugh and Megan Rapinoe).
The third U.S. goal was an own goal, but Rapinoe sent in the cross that England knocked into its own net


The U.S. WNT won its second SheBelieves Cup title with a 1-0 victory against England on March 7 in Orlando.

3 Players on the USA roster who played all 270 minutes of the tournament: Alyssa Naeher, Abby Dahlkemper and
Tierna 
Davidson

3    Total number of goals the USA scored in the tournament

3   Most goals scored in a half of a SheBelieves Cup game, by England in the 4-1 win vs. France on March 1

4   SheBelieves Cup record for most goals scored by one team in a single game set by ENG during their match vs. FRA 

4   Combined goals and assists for France’s Eugenie Le Sommer (2 goals, 2 assists)

U.S. WNT - Abby Dahlkemper
Eugenie Le Sommer (right) was the leading scorer for France at this year's tournament.


5             Most goals scored combined in a SheBelieves Cup match, achieved in England’s 4-1 win vs. France

6             Number of shots on goal the USA allowed over the three games (two vs. Germany, four vs. France, none vs. England) 

6             Number of different goalkeepers that played in the tournament
(ENG: Karen Bardsley, Siobhan Chamberlain; FRA: Karima Benameur, Sara Bouhaddi; GER: Almuth Schult; USA: Alyssa
Naeher)

7             Players on the USA roster that were in every starting lineup during the tournament: Naeher, Dahlkemper, Davidson, 
Pugh, Alex Morgan, Rapinoe and Lindsey Horan

9             Pugh’s career goals. She scored against France on March 4 and is currently fourth in goals scored before the age of 20
behind Cindy Parlow (15), Mia Hamm (14) and Christie Welsh (11). Pugh turns 20 on April 29, but could have two more
matches to try and move up a spot as the USA plays Mexico on April 5 and 8

10           Number of players that have played in all nine SheBelieves Cup games their country has contested (GER: Dzsenifer
Marozsan, Alexandra Popp, FRA: Le Sommer, ENG: Demi Stokes, Jill Scott, USA: Morgan Brian, Lindsey Horan, Pugh, Carli
Lloyd, Alex Morgan)

U.S. WNT - Mal Pugh
Mallory Pugh was one of two U.S. goal scorers in the tournament.

12             Number of players that scored in the tournament (ENG: Toni Duggan, Jill Scott, Jodie Taylor, Fran Kirby, Ellen White.
GER: Hasret Kayikc. FRA: Gaëtane Thiney, Amandine Henry, Eugénie Le Sommer, Valérie Gauvin. USA: Megan Rapinoe,
Mallory Pugh)

14             Naeher’s career shutouts after earning two during the tournament (vs. GER on March 1 and vs. ENG on March 7)

16             Number of goals scored overall in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, the most ever. By comparison there were nine goals
scored in 2017 and 11 goals scored in 2016.

19             Age of the two teenagers on the U.S. team (Pugh and Davidson)

21             Players on the U.S. roster who saw action in the tournament (only the two back-up goalkeepers did not play)

23             Number of players in each squad’s rosters

25             Pugh hit 25 career starts vs. England on March 7, putting her in second all-time in starts before the age of 20 behind
only Tiffany Roberts (41).

U.S. WNT - Tierna Davidson
The youngest player on the U.S. roster was 19-year-old Tierna Davidson. She started all three games, playing every minute.

25.8          Average age of the U.S. roster

34             Number of goals that have been scored in all three years of SheBelieves Cups (ENG: 9, FRA: 10, GER: 7, USA: 8)

101           Number of total shots taken by all four teams combined in the tournament. There were 111 shots taken in 2017, and 84 
in 2016

250           Cap earned by Carli Lloyd against England on March 7, becoming the sixth U.S. woman to play 250 games for her
country
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WNT Wins 2018 SheBelieves Cup with 1-0 Victory vs. England

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 7, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated England 1-0 in front of 12, 351 fans at Orlando City Stadium on Wednesday night to win its second SheBelieves Cup title in three years.

A tight defensive affair in the opening minutes, the USA went on to out-shoot England 3-0 in the first half with the most dangerous chances coming late in the frame. In the 43rd minute, Megan Rapinoe passed a ball into the middle of the box, but no one could get to it and England cleared it out of danger. A minute later, Mallory Pugh made a beautiful run and set herself up on top of the box but her shot hit off the outside of the left.

After knocking at the door from the start in the second half, the USA’s pressure on England finally got to the Three Lionesses in the 58th minute when a cross from Rapinoe deflected in for the game winner after hitting England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley’s leg.

In the first game of the day, France defeated Germany 3-0 in what was the final match for both teams at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, getting a first half screamer from Amandine Henry and second-half scores from Eugenie Le Sommer and Valerie Gauvin that sealed the victory.

The win cemented a third-place finish for France – a year after winning the world’s most-elite women’s soccer tournament – behind England, both of whom earned 1-1-1 records. Germany rounded out the final standings with an 0-2-1 finish.

Next, the U.S. WNT will host a pair of friendlies against CONCACAF neighbor Mexico on April 5 (7 p.m. ET; FS1) in Jacksonville, Fla. at EverBank Field and on April 8 (1:30 p.m. ET; FOX) in Houston, Texas at BBVA Stadium.

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2018 SheBelieves Cup Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

3

2

0

1

3

1

+2

7

England

3

1

1

1

6

4

+2

4

France

3

1

1

1

5

5

0

4

Germany

3

0

2

1

2

6

-4

1

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Own Goal (Karen Bardsley), 58th minute: Megan Rapinoe sent in a hard cross on the ground from the left side of the penalty area. Defender Millie Bright, positioned in front of her goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, got a slight toe on the ball throwing off Bardsley. The ball hit Bardsley in the leg and rolled into the goal from close range. USA 1, ENG 0. WATCH. FINAL.

Additional Notes:

  • After having only three players (Sauerbrunn, Mewis, Lloyd) start all three SheBelieves games in 2017, the U.S. WNT had seven start all three in 2018 (Naeher, Dahlkemper, Davidson, Horan, Pugh, Morgan, Rapinoe).
  • Five players in the USA’s starting lineup (Dunn, Lloyd, Horan, Pugh and Morgan) started against England at last year’s SheBelieves Cup.
  • Only three players on the USA roster played all 270 minutes of the tournament: goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, and defenders Tierna Davidson and Abby Dahlkemper.
  • Just like it in the first three USA matches of 2018, there were two teenagers in the USA's starting XI today, 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. Against Denmark in San Diego, the pair combined for two goals and two assists. Before that match in San Diego, the last time two teenagers were in the WNT starting lineup was June 30, 2001 vs. Canada in Toronto. Aleisha Cramer (18) and Cat Whitehill (19) both played the entire game. Both Davidson and Andi Sullivan (who starts tonight on the bench) won the 2017 NCAA College Cup with Stanford in this stadium.
  • Captaining the USA today was Carli Lloyd, who earned cap No. 250. With her start tonight, she became the sixth player in U.S. history to earn 250 caps. She is 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. 
  • Naeher earned her 27th cap tonight. She also earned her 14th career shutout. She is the seventh goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 25 or more caps.
  • Emily Sonnett made her first start since Oct. 19, 2016 against Switzerland. She earned her 15th cap tonight. She played all 90 minutes.
  • Abby Dahlkemper made her 17th career appearance today. She was one of three players to play all 270 minutes of the tournament.
  • Davidson made her fourth consecutive start in as many international appearances. She became 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.
  • Crystal Dunn earned her 59th career cap tonight and made her first start since July 30, 2017 against Brazil. She played tonight’s game as an outside back, a position she played during the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, and at the beginning of her senior WNT career.
  • Pugh earned her 33rd cap for the WNT tonight. She leads the WNT in scoring in 2018 after tallying her first career brace against Denmark on Jan. 21 and a goal against France on March 4. She made her 25th career start tonight, putting her in second all-time in starts before the age of 20 behind only Tiffany Roberts (41).
  • Alex Morgan came into the match with 81 goals and earned her 138th 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 11 WNT matches, with her most recent coming on Jan. 21 against Denmark.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. England
Date: March 7, 2018
Competition: SheBelieves Cup
Venue: Orlando City Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,351
Weather: 68 degrees; clear

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

USA – Own goal (Karen Bardsley)                             58th minute              

Lineups:

USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 16-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 17-Tierna Davidson, 19-Crystal Dunn; 20-Allie Long (14-Sofia Huerta, 74), 9-Lindsey Horan (6-Morgan Brian, 74), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 11-Mallory Pugh (12-Lynn Williams, 90+2), 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (21-Savannah McCaskill, 80)
Substitutes: 2-Casey Short, 3-Andi Sullivan, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Ertz, 18-Jane Campbell, 22-Taylor Smith, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

ENG: 1-Karen Bardsley; 2-Lucy Bronze, 15-Abbie McManus, 6-Millie Bright, 3-Demi Stokes (12-Hannah Blundell, 87); 22-Keira Walsh (8-Jill Scott 86), 16-Izzy Christiansen; 19-Mel Lawley (11-Toni Duggan, 52), 10-Fran Kirby (17-Rachel Daly, 75), 18-Ellen White; 9-Jodie Taylor (7-Nikita Parris, 52)           
Substitutes: 4-Fara Williams, 13-Siobhan Chamberlain, 14-Alex Greenwood, 20-Georgia Stanwood, 23-Gabby George
Head Coach: Phil Neville

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 8 / 6
Shots on Goal: 2 / 0
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 13
Offside: 0 / 7

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)                                                                                                 
Assistant Referee 1: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)                                                                                               
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Odette Hamilton (JAM)                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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France Defeats Germany 3-0 to Wrap Up 2018 SheBelieves Cup

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 7, 2018) – France defeated Germany 3-0 in the final game for both teams at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, getting a first half screamer from Amandine Henry and second-half scores from Eugenie Le Sommer and Valerie Gauvin that sealed the victory.

France head coach Corinne Diacre started a predominately first-choice team while Germany head coach Steffi Jones chose to start several players who had played sparingly or not all so far in this tournament.

France opened the scoring in the 10th minute via an attack down the right wing. The ball was played into the middle to Le Sommer, who touched it back to Henry and she crushed a rising shot from 23 yards that flew past diving Germany goalkeeper Almuth Schult into the right side of the net. It was Henry’s first goal of the tournament and 11th of her international career.

In the 23rd minute, Germany midfielder Dzenifer Marozsan spied France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi off her line and launched a shot from just steps over midfield. The attempt was almost perfect, and for a moment looked to have a chance to sail into the net, but the scrambling Bouhaddi, who plays with Marozsan at Olympique Lyon, was able to scramble back, tip the ball in the air and come down with it.

France lost defender Aissatou Tounkara near the end of the first half to an apparently serious leg injury after she got the worst of a tackle from Marozsan near the top of the France penalty box. The stoppage to attend to Tounkara, who was carted off the field with a brace on her lower left leg, necessitated 12 minutes of stoppage time.

France sealed the game in the 55th minute on a nice piece of skill from Gaetane Thiney. She received a long throw-in from the right sideline with her back to goal and a defender draped all over her. Thiney controlled the ball, spun to the end line and lifted a short cross to the far post where the 5-foot-3 Le Sommer was unmarked and headed home. It was the second goal of the tournament for Le Sommer and her 66th in 151st cap.

France add a third off the break in the 68th minute as Le Sommer sprinted down the right wing before playing a cross on the ground to the wide-open Gauvin and she finished into the roof of the net just out of reach of a sliding German defender.  It was her second international goal in just her 8th cap.

The result earned France no worse than third place in the tournament with a chance to move into second depending on the result of the USA-England match. Germany finished fourth with one point from a tie and two losses.

2018 SheBelieves Cup Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

England

2

1

0

1

6

3

+3

4

United States

2

1

0

1

2

1

+1

4

France

3

1

1

1

5

5

0

4

Germany

3

0

2

1

2

6

-4

1

– SheBelieves Cup Match Report –

Match: France Women’s National Team vs. Germany Women’s National Team
Date: March 7, 2018
Competition: SheBelieves Cup
Venue: Orlando City Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 6,525
Weather: 68 degrees; mostly sunny

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

FRA – Amandine Henry (Eugénie Le Sommer)                     10th minute
FRA – Eugénie Le Sommer (Gaëtane Thiney)                        55
FRA – Valérie Gauvin (Eugénie Le Sommer)                          68          

Lineups:
FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi, 17-Marion Torrent, 19-Griedge Mbock Bathy, 2-Aïssatou Tounkara (4-Laura Georges, 45+5), 7-Amel Majri; 18-Viviane Asseyi (20-Kadidiatou Diani, 67), 23-Grace Geyoro, 6-Amandine Henry (capt.) (8-Maeva Clemaron, 89), 9-Eugénie Le Sommer (22-Sakina Karchaoui, 78); 12-Gaëtane Thiney, 13-Valérie Gauvin (15-Marie-Charlotte Leger, 90+1)
Substitutes: 1-Karima Benameur, 21-Solène Durand, 3-Eve Perisset, 5-Estelle Cascarino, 11-Ouleymata Sarr,
Head coach: Corinne Diacre 

GER: 1-Almuth Schult, 14-Anna Blässe (16-Linda Dallmann, 57), 3-Kathrin Hendrich, 2-Johanna Elsig, 17-Verena Faißt; 11-Alexandra Popp, 15-Sara Doorsoun (8-Lena Goeßling, 90+1), 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan (9-Mandy Islacker, 88); 20-Lina Magull (7-Jacqueline Klasen, 46), 27-Lea Schüller (19-Svenja Huth, 46), 13-Sara Däbritz (23-Hasret Kayikci, 80)
Substitutes: 12-Laura Benkarth, 21-Carina Schlüter, 4-Leonie Maier, 22-Tabea Kemme, 26-Sharon Beck
Head coach: Steffi Jones

Stats Summary: FRA / GER
Shots: 9 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 11
Offside: 0 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
GERJacqueline Klasen (caution)                            64th minute

Officials:
Referee: Christina Unkel (USA)                                                                                             
Assistant Referee 1: Brooke Mayo (USA)                                                                                                         
Assistant Referee 2: Alicia Messer (USA)                                                                                                         
4th Official: Gillian Martindale (BRB)

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