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USWNT held to goal-less tie in SheBelieves Cup opener

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Despite dominating the stats, the U.S. women’s national team could not find a goal against the Czech Republic in Carson, California on Thursday night in the SheBelieves Cup opener.

As expected, head coach Vlatko Andonovski trotted out the youngest lineup under his tenure. With an average age of 25.5 years old, it was also the second-youngest USWNT lineup in all competitions since 2018.

The headlining moment of the night was the first-ever senior appearance from 19-year-old phenom Trinity Rodman, who came on for Mallory Pugh in the 60th minute. Rodman’s very first touch nearly produced a goal in the 68th minute, but Czech and Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Barbora Votíková bravely stifled the shot.

Votíková collected eight saves to keep the Americans off the board, in all they ended with 18 shots and were the busier side, owning 65% of the possession.

The USWNT was also lucky to avoid a clear handball call on halftime substitution Emily Sonnett in the 48th minute.

As for the Czechs, their lone shot on goal was saved by Casey Murphy, who cruised to her second clean sheet in her third USWNT start.

The Americans stay in Carson to host New Zealand on Sunday and close out the tournament in Frisco, Texas against Iceland on Wednesday, February 23.

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  1. it’s today’s game that matters imo. All the new faces, takes time to settle. hopefully just a game, we’ll see. I like seeing all the new faces and that means growing pains. kind of weird to have to say duh on that but there it is

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  2. “US writes bad Czech”

    all seriousness not sure how a coach who took 3rd in the olympics with 2 losses is still in charge

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