SANTA MONICA – The USWNT played a second international friendly in Europe this week. After beating Sweden 1-0 on Thursday, the US woman beat Norway 1-0 as well.
The game started on a sour note with Mallory Pugh hurting her ankle during warm ups. She was unable to start the match and Meghan Klingenberg took her place in the starting lineup. The USWNT were already playing without Morgan Brian, Tobin Heath, Ashlyn Harris, and Alex Morgan who all stayed home due to injuries. Additionally, Rose Lavelle injured her hamstring in the second half and had to be subbed out.
Despite all these injuries, the USWNT fended off Norway’s multiple advances in the first half. Norway, however, managed to do the same, with neither team scoring for the whole first half.
U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team on Twitter: “Feast your eyes on @ChristenPress’ 42nd international goal, but don’t sleep on that @beckysauerbrunn pass! ⚽️👀🇺🇸 leads 🇳🇴 1-0 in the 75′! pic.twitter.com/vZ69eKRaOD / Twitter”
Feast your eyes on @ChristenPress’ 42nd international goal, but don’t sleep on that @beckysauerbrunn pass! ⚽️👀🇺🇸 leads 🇳🇴 1-0 in the 75′! pic.twitter.com/vZ69eKRaOD
It wasn’t until minute 60 that the USWNT were able to get the ball into the back of the net. It began with Becky Sauerbrunn who powered the ball from the US defensive side of the field down close to the opposite goal. Christen Press then kicked the ball with her left foot to score for the USWNT. That was the only goal made for the entirety of the game, with the final score being 1-0.
Next, the USWNT will play in the Tournament of Nations on July 27th.
Photos by ISI.