Before a sellout crowd of 28,377 fans at Impuls Arena in Augsburg, one of the largest crowds ever to watch a women's friendly match, the USA beat
Germany, 1-0, to confirm its status as the best team in the world. The Americans got a first-half goal from Abby Wambach
and a tremendous performance by their
defense to hold off the recently crowned European champions.
The Americans took advantage of some poor defending to get the game's only goal in the 34th minute. Wambach scored after
midfielder Yael Averbuch
's cross was not cleared properly. The goal was Wambach's 101st career international goal, moving her past Tiffeny Milbrett
into fourth place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list behind Mia Hamm
(129) and Michelle Akers
The Germans threw everything they had at the USA, finishing with a 17-7 edge in shots, but they
could not beat goalie Hope Solo
. What was remarkable about the U.S. performance was that it featured the pairing of Amy
and Rachel Buehler
, playing together in the middle of the U.S. defense for only the second time.
The shutout was Solo's fourth
straight against the Germans in the four games she has played against them.
"The Germans are very good," U.S. coach Pia Sundhage
give credit to the back four and Hope Solo in the goal and team defending. I am Swedish, but there is something to be said about the Americans. They are winners. Their attitude is fantastic and
that is one of the reasons why we won today. Playing in front of this big crowd is unique, and it's good for me personally and all the players. So today, I am very happy."
normally a central midfielder, started on the left side after her former North Carolina teammate, 21-year-old Tobin Heath
, fell ill yesterday with flu-like
symptoms and could not play. That spot has been occupied this year mostly by Megan Rapinoe
, who missed this trip due to minor knee surgery.
Forward Ella Masar
came on in the 73rd minute for Amy Rodriguez
, becoming the eighth player to earn a first cap under
The match served as a kickoff of sorts for the countdown to the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany. Impuls Arena, a new stadium, will be one of Germany '11 nine venues.
Other host cities will be Berlin, Bochum, Dresden, Frankfurt, Leverkusen, Moenchengladbach, Sinsheim and Wolfsburg.
Hamm, who was in Augsburg, has been appointed international
ambassador for Germany '11 by her former Washington Freedom teammate Steffi Jones
, the president of the organizing committee. Aug. 29 in Augsburg Germany 0 USA 1.
Goal: Wambach 34. Germany --
Bartusiak, Peter, Krahn, Laudehr, Bresonik, Kulig, Garefrekes (Schmidt, 83), Grings (Mittag, 67), Prinz (Mueller, 89), Bajramaj (Okoyino da Mbabi, 67). USA --
Solo, Mitts, LePeilbet, Buehler, Chalupny, O'Reilly, Boxx, Lloyd, Averbuch (White, 60), Rodriguez (Masar, 73), Wambach. Referee: