The USA opened play at the four-team SheBelieves Cup with a 1-0 win England on a spectacular goal by 2015 NWSL MVP Crystal Dunn, who came off the bench to win the game in the 72nd minute.
Germany defeated France, 1-0, in the first match before a crowd of 13,027 at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium.
The England defense frustrated the American attack all evening, but Dunn, who eluded her defender, England captain Steph Houghton, inside the
penalty area and unleashed a rocket into the upper right corner to beat England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.
With the exception of Emily Sonnett starting in place of Julie
Johnston, Coach Jill Ellis started the same team that beat Canada, 2-0, in the Concacaf Olympic qualifying final. That meant Kelley O'Hara started ahead of Ali Krieger at
right back, and 17-year-old Mallory Pugh started on the wing.
But the English, surprise third-place finishers at the 2015 Women's World Cup, frustrated the USA, limiting it to
seven shots. The young midfield combination of Brian Morgan and Lindsey Horan, which had operated virtually at will in the first six games of 2016, struggled to break down the England
The USA will face France in its second match of the SheBelieves Cup on Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.
TRIVIA. The USA is 7-0-0 in 2016, having won its seven games by a margin of 29-0.
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England 0. Goals: Dunn 72. USA -- Solo; O'Hara (Krieger, 80), Sonnett, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg (Engen, 90), Brian, Horan (Press, 63), Heath, Lloyd, Pugh (Dunn, 67), Morgan (Johnston,
80). England -- Bardsley; Bronze, Houghton, Flaherty, Greenwood (Christiansen, 64), Williams (Carney, 72), J.Scott, Nobbs, Stokes, Duggan (Aluko, 88), Taylor (Kirby, 78). Att.: