USA-GERMANY EXPRESS: March 1 in Columbus, Ohio USA 1 Germany 0.
Goal: Rapinoe 17. Att.:
The USA opened the 2018 SheBelieves Cup with a 1-0 win over Germany thanks to a goal by Megan Rapinoe
in the 17th minute. The surprise of the tournament's opening day in chilly Columbus
was England's 4-1 win over France in Phil Neville
's debut as England head coach. 1. Heavy winds make conditions very
The game was played in bad weather with heavy winds playing havoc with balls in the air, and it ended with flurries.
With the wind at their back in the
first half, USA struck for the game's only goal. Alyssa Naeher
collected a ball in the U.S. penalty area and launched a quick punt to Alex Morgan
, who flicked the ball on to Rapinoe, who
beat the German backline and fired the ball past goalkeeper Almuth Schult
. 2. U.S. youth movement continues.
U.S. Jill Ellis
has not been shy about bringing new players into the national team. That youth movement, which began after the 2015 Women's World Cup championship, has continued into
Only two players who started against Germany a year ago in the SheBelieves Cup started on Thursday night: Naeher and Carli Lloyd
, who wore the captain's armband again with
For the second game in a row, two teenagers were in the starting lineup: 19-year-olds Mallory Pugh
and Tierna Davidson
. Three of the
four defenders -- Taylor Smith
, Abby Dahlkemper
and Davidson -- were playing in their first SheBelieves Cup game. 3. Germany
struggles in second half.
It was a disappointing performance for Germany after a promising start. Steffi Jones
' team had its chances early in game but could not do much
in the second half, even with the wind at its back.
The USA had a 9-3 edge in shots after intermission to finish the game with a 14-7 edge. TRIVIA.
The USA has won its opening game at all three SheBelieves Cups. It also beat Germany, 1-0, last year and opened with a 2-1 win over England in 2016.
March 1 in Columbus, Ohio USA 1 Germany 0.
Goal: Rapinoe 17. USA --
Naeher; Smith, Dahlkemper, Davidson,
O'Hara (Short, 79); Ertz (McCaskill, 72), Horan, Lloyd (Brian, 65); Pugh (Williams, 90+1), Morgan (Long, 90+4), Rapinoe (Sonnett, 86). Germany --
Schult, Hendrich, Maier (Kayikci,
76), Peter (Goessling, 54), Marozsan, Popp, Daebritz, Dallmann (Magull, 68), Faist, Huth, Kemme. Att.:
14,591. Stats: USA / GER
14 / 7 Shots on Goal:
4 / 2 Saves:
2 / 3 Corner Kicks:
6 / 4 Fouls:
6 / 13 Offside:
0 / 2