Lloyd rescues USA with late equalizer against Brazil

Carli Lloyd's goal in the 85th minute -- her 17th of the year -- earned the USA a 1-1 tie with 2016 Olympic host Brazil before 23,603 fans at Seattle's CenturyLink Field. The USA had trailed for the first time in its last 18 games on Monica's goal in the third minute.

Prior to the start of the game, retiring Olympic and World Cup champion Shannon Boxx was honored for her achievements with the women's national team. It was her final game, and she started it wearing the captain's armband.

The last time the USA trailed was going down 1-0 in the 43rd minute of a 2-1 comeback win against Norway on March 4 at the Algarve Cup. It remained unbeaten in its last 21 games (17 wins and four draws) since losing to France, 2-0, in its 2015 opener in Lorient. The draw also preserved the USA's home unbeaten streak, which now stands at 101 games. The Victory Tour continues Sunday when the USA and Brazil meet at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.

-- Defender Jaelene Hinkle earned her first career cap for the USA as a second-half sub.

Oct. 21 in Seattle
USA 1 Brazil 1. Goals: Lloyd 85; Monica 3.
USA -- Solo; O'Hara (Hinkle, 71), Sauerbrunn, Johnston, Klingenberg (O'Reilly, 85); Dunn (Mewis, 72), Boxx Spearman (Heath, 41), Brian, Rapinoe; Lloyd, Morgan.
Brazil -- Luciana, Fabiana (Rafaela, 90+4), Monica (Erika, 90+2), Rafaelle, Andressinha, Tamires, Andressa Alves, Marta, Cristiane (Beatriz, 84), Poliana, Formiga (Gabi Zanotti, 46).
Att.: 23,603.

10 comments about "Lloyd rescues USA with late equalizer against Brazil".
  1. John Soares, October 22, 2015 at 12:24 p.m.

    In the first half it looked as if USA showed up for a friendly and Brazil came to win. Late in the second half USA quality came to light, "almost" too late.
    The tight game and score probably kept the USA coach from introducing (subbing) several players. Willing to bet there will be a different attitude on Sunday when these teams meet again.

  2. Kent James, October 22, 2015 at 12:28 p.m.

    This game was a pleasure to watch; both teams were skillful, technically and tactically, and it was a relatively clean game (the ref finally figured out Brazil's diving in the first half). Great goal by Brazil, beating some pretty tight marking by the US. Brazil put a lot of pressure on the US when we had the ball, which we generally played out of well. I thought Brazil had good possession (and a very fast defense, though I think they tired at the end), but was always confident the US would score. We kept creating good chances, and finally finished one. Well done, especially keeping the 100+ game unbeaten home streak alive!

  3. Michelle Wichlac, October 22, 2015 at 12:28 p.m.

    I agree. Brazil is not an easy team to play and neither will China be an easy one. US cannot coast against these two teams.

  4. Kent James, October 22, 2015 at 12:36 p.m.

    The game also presented a great referee dilemma; late in the game, Carly Lloyd ran onto a bouncing through ball. While it looked like she was going to take it on her chest, doing so would have given the Brazilian player (who was also going hard to the ball) time to reach it first. Lloyd subtly pushed the ball slightly forward with her arm (not sure if it was intentional or not, but the ball was certainly not striking her). Because the ball was suddenly a few feet from where it would have been otherwise, when the Brazilian defender ran through the spot where the ball should have been (had it not been handled) she now hit Lloyd instead of the ball, and got a yellow card for her troubles. In reality, Lloyd should have gotten the card (for the handling, and since the Brazilian would have gotten the ball first had she not done so, Lloyd would have then committed the contact and had the foul called on her). But if nobody sees the handling, it would look like the ref gave Lloyd a card for getting clocked. I had this call in a college game once (men's), and was proud of myself that I caught the subtle handling, but the game was hard to handle after that (because everyone thought I had gotten the call horribly wrong). So even getting the call right can be the wrong call. In this case, the ref got it wrong, but the game was fine.

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, October 23, 2015 at 7:54 a.m.

    Kent, watch the play again. She was shoved from behind into the defender. Very dangerous foul.

  6. Kent James replied, October 23, 2015 at 10:36 a.m.

    Bob, I can't watch it again because I deleted the recording, but if there was shove from behind, that was not the player who was carded, and it doesn't negate my primary point, that sometimes getting the call right can actually hurt the game (if no one in the stadium and few on the field know you got it right).

  7. Bob Ashpole, October 23, 2015 at 8 a.m.

    It was a nice finish but I can't believe Klingenberg doesn't get a mention for the fabulous assist. She beat 3 defenders on the dribble to set up that goal.

  8. Kent James replied, October 23, 2015 at 10:39 a.m.

    You're right, Klingenberg, through sheer persistence and grit (not to mention speed and skill), created the goal (though Lloyd did have to beat the defender to the ball, which was not easy). Klingenberg often does not get the credit she deserves; she is so consistent and makes few mistakes, is rarely beaten and has great ball skills (not to mention a great attitude). What more could you want from a player...

  9. Edgar Soudek, October 23, 2015 at 8:24 p.m.

    I don't think I am the only one who sees favoritism by the refs towards the US Womens' National Team...it seemed pretty blatant at times in the game with Brazil.. please correct me if I am truly wrong!

  10. Kent James replied, October 25, 2015 at 10:56 p.m.

    I disagree; I thought the Brazilian players flopped a lot in the first half, and the ref gave them the calls. I think she eventually caught on, and stopped calling a foul anytime someone hit the ground. But generally it was a very clean game (one of the things I like about women's soccer), and the ref did a good job.

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