On a rainy Tuesday night in Connecticut, the United States Women’s National Team went ahead twice against Germany, but halftime substitute Dzsenifer Marozsán scored two equalizers to deny the United States a victory.
As in Saturday’s match, Abby Wambach opened the scoring off an assist by Alex Morgan, except this time it took until almost the end of the first half for a goal to be scored rather than the second minute. Three minutes into the second half, Marozsán pressured Christie Rampone, who then slipped while trying to make a long pass. Marozsán pounced on the free ball and dribbled unchallenged into the USA’s penalty box where she calmly slotted a shot into goal around an isolated Hope Solo. Halfway through the second half, the USA went up 2:1 after a quick counterattack found Alex Morgan on the left flank. Morgan latched onto a long pass and dribbled to Germany’s goal line where she sent a diagonal pass across Germany’s goal mouth, where Tobin Heath coolly knocked in a shot after Carli Lloyd overran the play. The USA maintained their lead for over fifteen minutes, but with five minutes to go, Linda Bresonik found Marozsán in the center of the USA’s half. The retreating American defense gave Marozsán too much space, allowing her to dribble laterally and power in a left-footed shoot just inside the left post.
There was one injury concernf for the United States as fullback Heather Mitts suffered a minor concussion after a challenge with a German player.
Random Statistical Notes: Attendance was 18,870… Germany out-shot the USA 25 to 14 in total shots and 9 to 5 in shots on target… Wambach’s goal was her 148th international goal… Morgan assisted in all 3 goals against Germany during the two match series…
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Other USWNT News: During halftime, Sunil Gulati was interviewed live on NBC Sports Network regarding the search for the next head coach and a possible new league. U.S. Soccer has provided a quote sheet with excerpts from that interview. Gulati did not give any real specifics, other than that he hopes to have concrete announcements regarding both in the next ten or so days.