[GERMANY-USA] The USA blew leads of 2-0 and 3-1 built on spectacular goals by Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan and had to settle for a 3-3 tie with Germany Friday night in front of a crowd of 16,090 in Offenbach. Even after
conceding the tying goals a minute apart late in the game, the Americans still attacked, and the outcome was still in doubt in stoppage time when forward Sydney
Leroux's header was cleared off the goal line by Verena Faisst.
Wambach and Rapinoe each set up the other and Morgan added a third goal in a wild second half that featured the game's six goals.
Rapinoe megged her marker to find Wambach for a header and the 155th goal of her women's national team career. Eight minutes later, Wambach flicked a pass from Shannon Boxx into the path of Rapinoe, and the Lyon winger scored on a left-footed volley from 16 yards to the far post. Morgan scored her 42nd international goal off a delicately lifted ball from Lauren Cheney.
Indicative of the depth U.S. coach Tom Sermanni has to work with, Wambach, Rapinoe and Cheney were among seven starters who were not in the starting lineup against Germany in the Algarve Cup final on March 13. Outside backs Crystal Dunn and Kristie Mewis were both playing college soccer only four months ago.
"Overall, it was a fair result and a competitive, exciting game that showed the quality of the two best teams in the world," said Sermanni. "It's always disappointing when you're winning the game with 10 minutes to go and you end up drawing. But the positive side for us is we created some very good chances. We knew it was always going to be very difficult to come here and get a result."
April 5 in Offenbach
Germany 3 USA 3. Goals: Kulig 63, Okoyino da Mbabi (pen.) 85, Mittag 86; Wambach 47, Rapinoe 55, Morgan 71.
USA -- Barnhart; Dunn, Rampone, Engen, Mewis; O'Reilly (Heath, 77), Boxx, Cheney, Rapinoe; Morgan, Wambach (Leroux, 80)
Germany -- Angerer; Maier, Bartusiak, Wensing, Peter (Schmidt, 57); Bresonik (Mittag, 60), Kulig, Kessler, Behringer (Faisst, 46); Okoyino da Mbabi, Marozsan (Popp, 88).
Referee: Christina Pederson (NOR).