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USWNT opens SheBelieves Cup with win vs. Germany

The U.S. Women’s National Team kicked off the SheBeileves Cup on Thursday night with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Germany  at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.

U.S. forward Lynn Williams delivered the games lone goal in the 56th minute, pouncing on a loose ball to score her second goal in five matches since making her USWNT debut in October.

The USWNT dominated possession in the first half, but managed only one shot on goal, while the Germans managed three. Still, the half ended goalless, with neither team looking its sharpest.

The tide turned for the U.S. in the second half, when Christen Press hit a shot off the crossbar. The rebound found Tobin Heath, and after deflecting off a German player, the ball finally fell to Williams, who reacted quickly to finish the chance.

The USWNT took control of the game following Williams’ goal, but failed to find the net again. U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made four saves to earn her seventh USWNT shutout.

The USWNT face England next in the SheBelieves Cup on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.


  1. Considering how early it is in the season, that was a pretty good effort by the U.S. Even in the first half when their striking, passing and ball-handling skills looked somewhat primitive, they were able to hold off a potent German Team from scoring. In the 2nd half, with Samantha Mewis helping to control midfield, they began to dominate things and had about 4 or 5 GOOD scoring chances. Of the 3 matches in the Cup, England should be the easiest, so we will see what Saturday holds. BTW, Allie Long looked as good as I have ever seen her, so maybe she has developed to where she can actually help the team in BIG matches. There were DEFINITELY reasons to feel positive about this years USWNT.


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