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USWNT suffers third-consecutive defeat in loss to Germany


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.


  1. embarrassing officiating, again
    the no calls (more than one PK) made a difference…how about that
    VAR at the World Cup might help, or as we all know, migt be corrupt too

    the no call on the take down of Horan before halftime just plain officiating bias

    but the US final 3rd decision making continues to underwhelm from some players (the suspects remain the same)

  2. One has to think this may mark the inflection point between the mens team and womens team. The European powers have caught up and passed the US women, while the US men features a very young roster of players breaking into the top clubs in Europe, and many more quality young players in the pipeline for 2026.

    • PN, this is the 3rd article you said Europe has caught up and passed! Evidence- Canada won the last Olympics, and US won the last WC! CONCACAF is still the best until 2 European countries win both. Keyword- UNTIL. Countries who haven’t won a WC, or the Olympics aren’t better than those that have. Think about it?! I agree with your post 90% of the time, this is the 10% disagreement part where I say something!


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