SheBelieves Cup: Well Dunn by USA

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 defense.

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.

March 3 in Tampa
USA 1 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.: 13,027.
4 comments about "SheBelieves Cup: Well Dunn by USA".
  1. Michelle Wichlac, March 4, 2016 at 7:59 a.m.

    Once again I think Women's soccer is being short-changed. This tournament is held in the US, 4 out of the 5 top ranked teams are playing. Why couldn't FS1 or ESPN2 pickup and televise the France-Germany game? I was able to watch it (in French) on my PC. I searched SHE BELIEVES CUP on FB and found a link to other foreign channels that were covering it. Is the Olympic coverage going to be the same?

  2. Karl Schreiber, March 4, 2016 at 12:52 p.m.

    Completely agree with Michelle W! I believe the organization ultimately responsible is the US Soccer Federation, telephone (312) 808-1300. When I called, I was connected with Mr Mendoza's (sp?) answering device. Improvements usually are achieved for the future if enough people call in.

  3. John Soares, March 4, 2016 at 1:34 p.m.

    Michelle, it's not JUST the France game. The next two USA games are also NOT on TV. UNBELIEVABLE!..... OK; a sickening reality.

  4. Bruce Gowan, March 4, 2016 at 7:22 p.m.

    The lack of TV coverage for the woman's game is a problem, along with the weak TV announcers, and the poor ref crew. As a long time WNT fan I enjoy watching the transition to the post Abby era. In the England game I was disappointed in the play of Horan, O'Hara, Lloyd and Morgan. I was impressed by the play of Saurbrunn, Heath, Klingenberg and Dunn. Too much attention to Pugh who is a very good 17 yr old but lacks tactical maturity.

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