The United States women lost again, falling 2-1 to Germany on Thursday evening for their first slip in three games since 1993 and their first home defeat in more than five years.
Paula Krumbiegel scored the decisive goal in the 89th minute for third-ranked Germany in the exhibition at the DRV PNK Stadium – the home of Inter Miami CF – in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Megan Rapinoe scored in the 85th minute for the top-ranked Americans, who were unbeaten in 71 games in a row at home. The team’s last defeat on American soil came to Australia in July 2017. The US lost to England and Spain last month.
American midfielder Lindsey Horan hit the bar twice on both sides of half-time in a 2-1 loss to the USA
German midfielder Paulina Krumbiegel (27) celebrates after scoring a dramatic late winner
US striker Alex Morgan and German striker Klara Buhl jump for a header in the second half
Inter Miami head coach Phil Neville, right, talks to US head coach Vlatko Andonovski, left,
Lindsey Horan had a good chance for the United States in the 34th minute, but her header went just wide. Moments later, an attempt by Rose Lavelle seemed to deviate from Horan and hit the crossbar, but fell just outside the goal line.
Horan attempted a bicycle kick that went off the post early in the second half. On the counterattack, American goalkeeper Casey Murphy made a dramatic save, but Klara Buhl had the rebound, which hit the post and bounced off Murphy for an own goal in the 52nd minute.
It then looked like the Americans would avoid an infamous streak when Rapinoe scored her 63rd international goal off a cross from Alex Morgan, 12 minutes after her entry into the game.
The US finished with only a narrow 18-17 lead in shots, with Murphy and German counterpart Merle Frohms each having two saves.
Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring the equalizer, 12 minutes after coming on for the US
Klara Buhl opened the scoring for Germany with an own goal in the 52nd minute in Florida
Rapinoe takes a free kick during the second half of the friendly between the two teams
German national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg greets Sjoeke Nusken with the 2-1
Phil Neville, the Inter Miami head coach who coached the Lioness, was spotted in the home crowd with his son Harvey, who recently became eligible for roster in the upcoming MLS expansion draft after his father’s side refused to protect the player after just one league game. this season.
It was the first of two friendlies against Germany to end the year. The game was nearly canceled due to the threat of Storm Nicole on Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Both teams are preparing for the Women’s World Cup next summer, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The United States has won the last two Women’s World Cups and has a total of four titles.
The USWNT has lost its third game in a row since 1993 and its first home loss since 2017
Germany is the only other team to have won multiple women’s World Cups, with titles in 2003 and 2007.
Germany lost to England in the women’s European Championship final this summer, but have since won four in a row.
The teams meet again on Sunday at Red Bull Stadium in Harrison, New Jersey.
The United States will head to New Zealand in January for a training camp and some exhibition games against the Kiwis on January 18 and 21, both in stadiums where the Americans will play during the group stage of the World Cup.
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