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WNT Defeats France 1-0 at SheBelieves Cup on Stoppage Time Goal From Alex Morgan in Front of Record Crowd in Nashville

NASHVILLE (March 6, 2016) – A dramatic stoppage-time goal from Alex Morgan lifted the U.S. Women’s National Team past France 1-0 in front of a record crowd of 25,363 at Nissan Stadium. It was the USA’s second 1-0 win in its second match of the SheBelieves Cup after defeating England on March 3. The USA currently sits atop the tournament standings with six points.

The crowd of 25,363 set a new record for a U.S. WNT match in the state of Tennessee, breaking the previous mark of 21,535 that watched the USA play Costa Rica in Chattanooga on August 19, 2015.

In an even match that saw that saw excellent chances and quality overall play from both teams, Morgan’s goal came in the first minute of stoppage time when midfielder Mallory Pugh brought a ball down skillfully at midfield and penetrated into the France defensive half. With Morgan making a run behind the France back line, Pugh slipped her a perfectly-weight pass and the speedy U.S. striker roared into the penalty box before hitting a left-footed blast past onrushing goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi and into the lower right corner.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo was tremendous on the day, making three saves, including a world class stop early in the game when a deflected U.S. clearance hit the left post and she had to get back on her feet and shuffle back into the middle of her net to push away a point-blank shot. The game marked Solo’s 97th career shutout and 146th win, further extending her U.S. records. She is now three shutouts away from becoming the first goalkeeper in U.S. history to reach the century mark.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh), 90+1 minute: Mallory Pugh brought the ball down at midfield, took a few touches and then played Alex Morgan in behind the defense. She out-sprinted her defender and cut her left-footed shot into the lower right corner from just inside the penalty area. It was her 63rd international goal. USA 1, FRA 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops 
USA – Hope Solo, 14th minute: Hope Solo’s first test of the match came on a France free kick. Forward Louisa Necib took the set piece and spun a shot that was head into the upper right corner. Solo was up to the task and with her outstretched her right arm pushed the ball over the cross bar for a France corner kick. (SEE SAVE)

USA – Hope Solo, 15th minute: On the ensuing corner kick, France played a cross that was initially cleared but the cross back into the penalty area was deflected off the left post by Carli Lloyd. The rebound bounced to Marie-Laure Delie and Solo saved point-blank attempt with a flying dive to her left. Eugenie Le Sommer took another shot after but her attempt was wide. (SEE SAVE)

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face Germany in its third and final match of the SheBelieves Cup on March 9 (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN3) at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 8-0-0 in 2016, having scored 30 goals while allowing none with three consecutive games (including two matches vs. Colombia) coming up against teams that made excellent runs at the 2015 Women's World Cup.
  • Alex Morgan scored her seventh goal of 2016 to tie Carli Lloyd and Crystal Dunn for the team lead. It was her 63rd career goal.
  • Tonight’s match was the fifth consecutive start for both Kelley O’Hara and Mallory Pugh. It was also Pugh’s fifth career start and eighth cap, all coming in 2016.
  • Pugh’s assist on Morgan’s goal was her fourth career assist since her debut on Jan. 24, 2016. Pugh leads the team in assists in 2016.
  • The USA used three subs, with two players coming on in the 85th minute, and one in the third minute of stoppage time. Christen Press replaced Kelley O’Hara and Crystal Dunn replaced Lindsey Horan in the 85th minute. And Whitney Engen replaced Mallory Pugh in the 93rd minute.
  • Morgan Brian earned her 50th cap today at the young age of 23. She became the 52nd female player in U.S. history to reach 50 caps.
  • Kelley O’Hara hit 75 caps today, making her the 40th U.S. female player to hit that mark and tying her with Sydney Leroux for 39th on the all-time caps list.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd earned her 219th cap tonight, while Hope Solo recorded her 192nd, extending her record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn became the 35th U.S. woman to make her 100th appearance for the WNT in last month’s CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Final. She was honored for her achievement in a pregame ceremony before today’s matchup in Nashville and wore the captain’s armband.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France Women’s National Team
Date: March 6, 2016
Competition: 2016 SheBelieves Cup
Venue: Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. CT
Attendance: 25,363

Weather: 61 degrees; Sunny

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

USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh)                                 90+1 minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara (12-Christen Press, 85), 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 22-Lindsey Horan (16-Crystal Dunn, 85), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd, 2-Mallory Pugh, (6-Whitney Engen, 90+3), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs not used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Emily Sonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Lauren Barnes, 21-Alysssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara D’Hommeaux, 4-Laura Georges, 19-Griedge Mbock Bathy, 22-Amel Majri; 12-Elodie Thomis (6-Viviane Asseyi, 75), 23-Kheira Hamraoui (7-Charlotte Bilbault, 77), 10-Camille Abily (capt.), 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (15-Elise Bussaglia, 86), 14-Louisa Necib (11-Claire Lavogez, 76), 18-Marie Laure Delie
Subs not used: 1-Laetitia Philippe, 2-Kelly Gadea, 3-Marion Torrent, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 13-Marie-Charlotte Leger, 17-Aurelie Kaci, 20-Kadidiatou Diani, 21-Meline Gerard
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 11 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
FRA – Kheira Hamraoui (caution)                         41st minute      
FRA Amel Majri (caution)                                            78        

Officials:
Referee: Alondra Arellano Sandoval (MEX)                                                         
Assistant Referee 1: Yudilia Briones (MEX)                                                        
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)                                                     
4th Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)                                                    

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

*England vs. Germany is currently being played in Nashville.

2016 SheBelieves Cup Standings*

Team

W

L

T

Pts.

GF

GA

USA

2

0

0

6

2

0

GER

1

0

0

3

1

0

ENG

0

1

0

0

0

1

FRA

0

2

0

0

0

2


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WNT Mar 6, 2016

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France Women’s National Team
Date: March 6, 2016
Competition: 2016 SheBelieves Cup
Venue: Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. CT
Attendance: 25,363

Weather: 61 degrees; Sunny

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

USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh)                                90+1 minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara (12-Christen Press, 85), 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 22-Lindsey Horan (16-Crystal Dunn, 85), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd, 2-Mallory Pugh, (6-Whitney Engen, 90+3), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs not used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Emily Sonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Lauren Barnes, 21-Alysssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara D’Hommeaux, 4-Laura Georges, 19-Griedge Mbock Bathy, 22-Amel Majri; 12-Elodie Thomis (6-Viviane Asseyi, 75), 23-Kheira Hamraoui (7-Charlotte Bilbault, 77), 10-Camille Abily (capt.), 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (15-Elise Bussaglia, 86), 14-Louisa Necib (11-Claire Lavogez, 76), 18-Marie Laure Delie
Subs not used: 1-Laetitia Philippe, 2-Kelly Gadea, 3-Marion Torrent, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 13-Marie-Charlotte Leger, 17-Aurelie Kaci, 20-Kadidiatou Diani, 21-Meline Gerard
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 10 / 8

Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 11 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
FRA Kheira Hamraoui (caution)                        41st minute      
FRAAmel Majri (caution)                                 78        

Officials:
Referee: Alondra Arellano Sandoval (MEX)                                                        
Assistant Referee 1: Yudilia Briones (MEX)                                                       
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)                                                     
4th Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)                                                   

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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Making the Case: Alex Morgan, 2016 Female Player of the Year

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include forwards Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan, midfielders Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Today we continue to make the case for each of the candidates with WNT forward, Alex Morgan.

After battling injuries in 2014-15, Morgan had a strong 2016, kicking off the year in her home state of California, where she earned her 100th cap, the 34th U.S. woman to do so, and scored her first goal of the year in a win against Ireland in San Diego.

Morgan went on to score 17 goals in 21 games in 2016 (tied for the team lead with Carli Lloyd), her second highest goal total in a calendar year in her seven-year career with the WNT. She also had three assists. The only other time Morgan scored double-digit goals for the USA in a calendar year was in 2012 (28 goals), when she earned her first (and to date, only) U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year award. 

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WNT Dec 8, 2016

Breaking Down the WNT’s Top 10 Goals of 2016

In 2016, the U.S. Women’s National Team scored 92 goals so choosing a Top 10 was not an easy task. We selected our "Top 10 Goals of 2016" based on the quality of the goal, the skill of the finish, the importance of the goal and a dash of sentimental value (#ThanksHAO). Tell us, which is your favorite WNT goal of 2016? Did your favorite make the list?

1. Alex Morgan vs. Germany (SheBelieves Cup; March 9): The game-tying goal brought the USA back into the game after an early strike from Germany’s Anja Mittag had given the European Champions the lead in the de facto SheBelieves Cup Final. Meghan Klingenberg evaded a defender near midfield and lofted a ball over the top of the German defense down the left side into the path of the sprinting Morgan. She let the ball bounce twice, as she muscled out a first defender, before deftly lifting it over Saskia Bartusiak with her left foot and ripping a right-footed shot into the net in two fluid steps. The importance of the goal, the level of difficulty and the skill and style with which she finished takes the top spot in 2016.

2. Carli Lloyd vs. Switzerland (International Friendly; Oct. 23): Lloyd has scored 96 goals in her career including quite a few spectacular strikes from distance, but it’s safe to say this should be among her best. While nothing may ever top her midfield shot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, this rocket against Switzerland comes close. Some swift interplay between Andi Sullivan, Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara resulted in Lloyd receiving a pass from O’Hara and advancing toward the Switzerland goal. Lloyd crushed a lightning bolt strike from 27 yards out for a finish that spurred FOX’s play-by-play announcer Glenn Davis to describe as “hit with no regard for humanity.” It was the equalizing to make it 1-1 in what would be a 5-1 U.S. victory.

3. Crystal Dunn vs. England (SheBelieves Cup; March 3): Dunn had a terrific year for the USA. She scored 14 goals, including her five-goal performance against Puerto Rico, and also scored her first Olympic goal. But it was her game-winning tally against England at the SheBelieves Cup that stood out. After a competitive first half between two of the top teams in the world, Dunn came in as a substitute in the second half. The goal came after Meghan Klingenberg did some nice work on the ball to the left of the penalty area and then slipped a pass between two England defenders for Dunn, who took two touches into the left corner of the box and then ripped a shot into the top right corner for an incredible finish in the 1-0 U.S. victory.

4. Christen Press vs. Costa Rica (Olympic Qualifying; Feb. 10): Press is a prodigious goal scorer. In 80 games with the WNT, she has scored 41 goals, which includes 12 in 2016. There was one however that stood tall amongst the rest as it required a high level of poise and skill. In the opening game of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, Tobin Heath found Press with a cross into the penalty area from the left side. With her back to the goal, and just outside the six-yard box, she settled the ball with the outside of her right foot away from a defender, spun around and finished into the roof of the net on the left side. Classy finish and classic Press.

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WNT Dec 2, 2016
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