The USA enters the final game of the SheBelieves Cup on Tuesday against France at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. needing a win to have a chance of capturing the tournament title for the second year
in a row. A 1-0 loss to England on Saturday dropped the USA into a tie for second place behind France, which beat England, 2-1, and tied Germany, 0-0.
A year ago, France finished
last at the SheBelieves Cup without scoring a goal. The Bleues will clinch the title if they beat the USA. They can win the title with a tie though that depends on the result of Tuesday's first game
between England and Germany.
The USA and France will enter the game knowing that they need to do to win. If England beats Germany, the USA must beat France and then hope it edges the
English on the tiebreaker.
France stunned England, 2-1, getting goals from Marie-Laure Delie
in the 80th minute and Wendie Renard
in the sixth minute of stoppage time to
rally from a 1-0 deficit. Olivier Echouafni
took over as France's head coach last fall. He continues to rely on a nucleus of players from European champion Lyon (nine players),
which American Alex Morgan
joined in January.
But Echouafni, who knew little about women's soccer when he took the job, has added young stars Grace Geyoro
(Montpellier) from the 2016 French Under-20 World Cup runner-up team as the Bleues prepare for Euro 2017 in the Netherlands and the 2019 Women's World Cup they will host.
SheBelieves Cup, Standings: PTS TEAM W-T-L GF/GA
4 France 1-1-0 2/1
3 England 1-0-1 2/2
3 USA 1-0-1
1 Germany 0-1-1 0/1
SheBelieves Cup, Schedule: March 7 in Washington, D.C.
England (4 pm on FoxSportsGo) | USA vs. France (7 pm on FS1) All times ET. USA:
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars). Defenders (7):
Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns)
Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Man. City/ENG), Allie Long (Portland
Thorns), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL) Forwards (6):
Crystal Dunn (Chelsea/ENG), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage), Alex Morgan (Lyon/FRA), Christen Press
(Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Lynn Williams (NC Courage) France: Goalkeepers (3):
(Lyon), Meline Gerard (Lyon), Laetitia Philippe (Montpellier). Defenders (6):
Laura Georges (Paris SG), Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier), Griedge MBock Bathy (Lyon), Eve Perisset (Paris
SG), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Aissatou Tounkara (Juvisy). Midfielders (8):
Camille Abily (Paris SG), Elise Bussaglia (Wolfsburg/GER), Grace Geyoro (Paris SG), Amandine Henry (Paris SG),
Claire Lavogez (Lyon), Amel Majri (Lyon), Gaetane Thiney (Juvisy), Sandie Toletti (Montpellier). Forwards (5):
Camille Catala (Juvisy), Marie-Laure Delie (Paris SG), Kadidiatou Diani
(Juvisy), Eugenie Le Sommer (Lyon), Elodie Thomis (Lyon).