England beats USA for first time since 1988

[U.S. WOMEN] The U.S. women's national team lost to England for the first time since 1988 when it fell, 2-1, in a friendly at Brisbane Road in London.

England got early goals from Jess Clark and Rachel Yankey (set up by a 50-yard run by Kelly Smith on a counterattack).

Megan Rapinoe scored the lone goal for the Americans in the first half.

After a rough opening period, the USA came out kept England on its heels for the entire second half, outshooting England, 15-2.
 
In the second half, Hope Solo came on for Nicole Barnhart, making her first appearance for the USA since last summer after recovering from major shoulder surgery this past fall.
 
The USA had won seven and tied one over the last eight games against England.

April 2 in London
England 2 USA 1. Goals: Clark 8, Yankey 36; Rapinoe 39.
England -- Bardsley, Scott, Stoney, White (Bradley, 68), Unitt, Scott, Williams, Clarke, Smith, Yankey (Carney, 75), White.
USA -- Barnhart (Solo, 46), Krieger, Rampone, Buehler, LePeilbet (Cox, 46), O’Reilly, Boxx, Lloyd, Rapinoe (Heath, 70), Rodriguez (Morgan, 70), Wambach (Cheney, 62).
Referee: Sian Massey (England).
Att.: 5,801.

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