The U.S. women’s national team suffered its third-consecutive loss on Thursday night, continuing a disappointing run of form for Vlatko Andonovski’s side against several of the world’s best.
Germany handed the Americans their first three-game losing streak since 1993 after snatching a 2-1 road win in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Paulina Krumbiegel’s winning goal in the 89th minute helped the Germans rebound from conceding an equalizer to Megan Rapinoe in the 85th.
The USWNT came close to breaking the deadlock in the 35th minute as Lindsey Horan’s shot rattled the crossbar and kept the two sides level. Casey Murphy’s lone save in the first half came on Lina Magull’s right-footed shot in the opening 10 minutes.
Both teams added to their offensive frustration in the second half with Horan striking the left post in the 51st minute before Klara Bühl’s shot hit the right post just two minutes later. However, the shot ricocheted off the post and off Murphy’s back, landing into the back of the net for Germany.
Megan Rapinoe’s confident strike in the 85th minute helped the Americans equalize, but Germany would have the last laugh on the night.
A quick restart on a free kick allowed Germany to chip a long ball over the USWNT backline. Alana Cook was beaten by Jule Brand down the left wing before Brand’s cross allowed a wide-open Krumbiegel to slam home the pass.
The result marked the USWNT’s first home loss since 2017 and their third-straight against Top 10 opposition. Germany will oppose the Americans one final time this year with Red Bull Arena serving as host venue on Sunday.