The USA improved to 14-0-1 all-time against France with a 1-0 win over the Bleues in a hard-fought game whose start in Tampa was delayed 30 minutes by
bad weather. Sydney Leroux
scored her team-leading seventh goal of the year to defeat France, which finished with an 8-6 edge in shots.
goal came in the 21st minute when Carli Lloyd
fed Christen Press
, who flicked the ball into the left side of the box
toward Leroux, who slid through two French defenders and beat Sarah Bouhaddi
Goalkeeper Hope Solo
Leroux's teammate on the NWSL runaway leader Seattle reign, needed to make only one save, however, as she tied the U.S. women’s shutout record with the 71st of her career, matching the
record set by Briana Scurry
. Alex Morgan
made her first appearance of the year for the USA, coming on early
in the second half for the injured Tobin Heath
-- Allie Long
earned the first start of her international
career in midfield. She had debuted as a second-half sub during the USA’s 1-1 draw against Canada on May 8. UP NEXT:
USA and France will square
off again Thursday in East Hartford, Connecticut. June 14 in Tampa USA 1 France 0.
Goal: Leroux 21. USA --
Solo, Leroux (O’Reilly, 66), Rampone, Sauerbrunn, Lloyd, Krieger, Holiday, Cox, Long, Heath (Morgan, 49), Press. France --
Boulleau, Georges, Delannoy, Henry, Houara, Le Sommer (Tonazzi, 80), Abily (Bussaglia, 75), Thomis (Makanza, 54), Necib, Bouhaddi, Delie (Thiney, 68).