The U.S. WNT squared off against France in Game 2 of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup tournament, and emerged victorious with a final score of 1-0. This wasn’t an easy game for the U.S. On the contrary, it was tough. So tough that the U.S. didn’t score until the closing minutes of the match, when Alex Morgan sprinted through France’s strong defense and drilled the ball into the net that gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead. This may have been the U.S. WNT’s toughest challenge since last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinals match against Germany.
Team USA had their work cut out for them against a very young, skilled, and talented French team. As I mentioned previously, it wasn’t until the closing moments of the game when Alex Morgan scored with assist by Mallory Pugh. France made things very difficult for the U.S. on both sides of the ball. France is very well orchestrated on both sides of the ball, as is the U.S.
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo made three saves in this game, one that was very early in the game, and it’s very rare that the U.S. WNT allow their opponents to threaten early. This was Solo’s 97th career shutout and her 146th win. Solo needs to three more shutout wins to reach the century mark. If Solo can accomplish, she’ll be the first U.S. goalkeeper to achieve this goal.
Team USA now sits at the top of the tournament standings with a total of six points. On Wednesday, March 9 they will face Germany in the final game of this tournament. This will be a rematch from the semifinals match from last summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament, where the USA pulled off an upset against the heavily favored Germans to advance to the finals.
As for France, well they’re now 0-2 in this tournament, but I have to give them credit for their defense and how they challenged the U.S. and Germany. What’s hard for France to get over is the fact that the only two goals they’ve surrendered were late in the closing minutes. Despite having a very effective offense, they haven’t been able to score a goal yet. They will face England on Wednesday to close out the tournament. Believe it or not, France has a very good team, and they have a bright future ahead. They along with the U.S. are qualified for the Olympics this summer.