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Morgan comes to rescue with pair of goals
by Paul Kennedy, June 19th, 2014 11:08PM

TAGS:  france, women's national team


[USA-FRANCE] In just her second international appearance of the year, Alex Morgan scored two vintage goals to lead the USA back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits and earn a 2-2 draw against European power France in front of 14,695 fans at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.

In the last scheduled game at this time before Women's World Cup qualifying in October, the USA extended its unbeaten record against France to 14-0-2 and home unbeaten streak to 84 games (74-0-10).

France went ahead on goals by Louisa Necib from the penalty spot and Amandine Henry, but Morgan answered both times.

On the first goal, midfielder Allie Long, making just her second start, found Morgan with a though ball in the middle of the field, and Morgan drilled a left-footed strike from 25 yards out that deflected off the inside of the left post and past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi.

On the second goal with five minutes to play, Morgan weaved her way through two France defenders for a right-footed shot that Bouhaddi could not keep out of the goal. Morgan now has 46 goals, passing Julie Foudy (45 goals) for 10th on the all-time goal scoring list.

-- Seven players started both games of the French series: right back Ali Krieger and center back Becky Sauerbrunn in the back, Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday and Long and Sydney Leroux and Christen Press up front. Ashlyn Harris made her first appearance of 2014 in goal. Regular starting goalkeeper Hope Solo was unavailable due to a family commitment.

June 19 in East Hartford, Conn.
USA 2 France 2. Goals: Morgan 56, 85; Necib pen. 27, Henry 68.
USA -- Harris; Krieger, Sauerbrunn, Engen (Rampone, 46), Klingenberg (O'Hara, 79);  Long (Heath, 60), Lloyd, Holiday; O'Reilly (Morgan, 46),  Leroux Rodriguez, 79), Press.
France -- Bouhaddi; Houara, Renard, Georges, Soyer; Henry, Bussaglia, Necib, Thomis; Le Sommer (Abily, 84), Thiney (Delie, 89).
Att.: 14,695.

  1. Terry Ellis
    commented on: June 20, 2014 at 8:27 a.m.
    Sure was great to see Alex back in and doing what Alex does! But also we see the French are a real threat for the World cup in 2015. The WNT is going to need all of their best to beat them. Nice spark from Heath when she subbed in too!
  1. James Madison
    commented on: June 20, 2014 at 6:55 p.m.
    Still no player ratings. Why discriminate against the women?

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