US women fall to Germany, 1st 3-game losing streak since ’93

The US women lost again 2-1 to Germany on Thursday night, leading to three games for the first time since 1993 and their first home defeat in more than five years

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. women lost again, losing 2-1 to Germany on Thursday night, for their first three-game slip since 1993 and their first home loss in more than five years.

In the 89th minute, Paula Krumbiegel scored the decisive goal for third-placed Germany in the exhibition at the DRV PNK Stadium.

Megan Rapinoe scored in the 85th minute for the American, who was unbeaten at home for 71 games. The team’s last loss on US soil was in Australia in July 2017. The USA lost to England and Spain last month.

US coach Vlatko Andonovski said while he was unhappy with the defeat, he saw many positives.

“We saw what we wanted to see,” said Andonovski. “We talked about precision in the last third, we talked about the connection between the three forwards, we talked about the connection between midfielders and forwards. So we saw everything we wanted to see in this game. Now we have it obviously done.” I didn’t see the finishing touches and we missed that.”

Lindsey Horan had a good chance for United States in the 34th minute, but her header went just wide. Moments later, Rose Lavelle’s attempt to save Horan appeared to hit the bar but ended up just outside the goal line.

Horan tried an overhead kick early in the second half that went wide of the post. On the break, US goalkeeper Casey Murphy made a dramatic save, but Klara Buhl had the rebound that hit the post and Murphy rebounded for an own goal in the 52nd minute.

Rapinoe, who came on from the bench in the 73rd minute, scored from an Alex Morgan cross to level the game.

“We changed tactics at half-time and USA had really strong set pieces. Then we had a quick change when we unexpectedly scored a goal and after that we did really well. (USA) did in the last few minutes scored the goal against us and then we had it.” hold true. Was really good and scored in the last two minutes,” said national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg through a translator.

It was the first time since 2001 that the United States had conceded multiple goals in three consecutive games. The Americans lost 2-1 to England at Wembley on October 7 and 2-0 to Spain in Pamplona on October 11.

It was the first of two friendlies against Germany to end the year. The teams meet again on Sunday at Red Bull Stadium in Harrison, New Jersey as they prepare for next summer’s Women’s World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The United States has won the last two Women’s World Cups, winning a total of four titles. 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 Euro final this summer but have won four in a row since then.

The United States has reshuffled its roster since winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Andonovski has signed younger players, including 22-year-old forward Sophia Smith, who was named National Women’s Soccer League MVP this season.

“I trust these players. I believe these players are capable of scoring goals. In fact, the front line consists of the top three goalscorers in the NWSL eligible to play for this country,” said Andonovski, referring to Smith. Morgan and Mallory Pugh. “They proved they can score goals, they proved they can play through it. They can score goals, in different ways and sometimes it just doesn’t happen. But like I said, I’m not worried, but I’m me definitely want them to score more goals.”

The United States travel to New Zealand in January for a training camp and two shows against the Kiwis on January 18 and 21, both at stadiums where the Americans will play during the group stage of the World Cup.

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