[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.
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.
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).