SheBelieves Cup: Pugh and Morgan rescue USA

Mallory Pugh showed why she is, at the age of 17, in line for a starting job on the U.S. women's national team sooner rather than later as she used her devastating package of skills to set up Alex Morgan for a dramatic stoppage-time goal that gave the USA a 1-0 win over France in front of a crowd of 25,363 fans at Nashville's Nissan Stadium.

The game seemed to be headed to a scoreless draw when young French center back Griedge Mbock Bathy, starting in place of injured captain Wendie Renard, failed to control a ball in midfield. Pugh picked up the loose ball and charged into the French half before quickly pushing the ball ahead to Morgan, who beat onrushing goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi with a left-footed shot into the lower right corner.

First, Hope Solo pushed Louisa Necib's free kick over the crossbar, and after the ensuing corner kick, a ball was played into the area that was deflected off the left post by Carli Lloyd. Solo then saved Marie-Laure Delie's point-blank attempt off the rebound with a flying dive to her left, and Eugenie Le Sommer put her shot wide.

The USA has now won all eight games it's played in 2016 by shutouts.

The USA will face Germany in its third and final match of the SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN3) at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. Germany has beaten France, 1-0, and England, 2-1.

TRIVIA. The game marked Solo's 97th career shutout and 146th win, extending her U.S. records in both categories.

March 6 in Nashville, Tenn.
USA 1 France 0. Goal: Morgan 90+1.
USA -- Solo; O'Hara (Press, 85), Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg; Brian, Horan (Dunn, 85), Heath, Lloyd, Pugh (Engen, 90+3), Morgan.
France -- Bouhaddi; Houara, Georges, Mbock Bathy, Majri; Thomis (Asseyi, 75), Hamraoui (Bilbault, 77), Abily, Le Sommer (Bussaglia, 86), Necib (Lavogez, 76), Delie.
Att.: 25,363.
4 comments about "SheBelieves Cup: Pugh and Morgan rescue USA".
  1. Thomas Fouce, March 7, 2016 at 8:50 a.m.

    The U.S. was lucky to win this game. The French outplayed them in the first half. Hope made some good saves and the French missed some shots but the U. S. looked bad. Lots of miss-hit balls, the midfield was missing for most of the game. The French seemed to play down to our level in the second half. Alex Morgan finally made them pay on one good breakaway. Not an impressive outing.

  2. John Soares, March 7, 2016 at 2:47 p.m.

    The number "ONE" and number "THREE" teams in the world. Probably would have been good TV. Nah... it's just the girls. Where is Gulati...? Probably having lunch with JK.

  3. Wooden Ships replied, March 7, 2016 at 9:40 p.m.

    Ditto John.

  4. William Wang, March 7, 2016 at 3:56 p.m.

    "Devastating package of skills?" SA may be over-hyping the young star. Looks to me like she got a lucky deflection off her shin to maintain control, then made the nice pass to Morgan. Morgan scored with a signature dribbling run and an excellent shot.

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