The USA celebrates Mallory Pugh’s goal. (Photo by Matthew Levine)
By Michael Lewis
HARRISON N.J. — When it comes time for the U.S. women’s national team to make a 2018 season review video, Sunday’s 1-1 draw with France probably won’t be used at all.
While the Americans recorded a point in the tournament before a crowd of 25,706 at Red Bull Arena, their performance fell short of their own expectations.
“Not much was working,” said Megan Rapinoe, whose free kick set up Mallory Pugh’s goal off a scramble in the penalty area in the 35th minute. “A lot of turnovers. Just mental mistakes, too. Not just technical errors, sort of tactical thinking errors. Just pretty bad all-around for where we are and where we want to be going, the progression that we should be making. Its not good enough. It’s bad.”
The result gave the U.S. a 1-0-1 mark entering Wednesday’s third and final game in Orlando against England (1-0-1), which played Germany (0-1-1) to a 2-2 tie in the second game of the doubleheader. France is 0-1-1.
Only three minutes after the Americans grabbed the lead, they conceded the equalizer.
Mbock Bathy sent a long ball into the box for Eugenie Le Sommer, who fought past defender Abby Dahlkemper and dribbled around goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher for a 1-1 deadlock.
The gold medal-winning U.S. women’s hockey team was honored prior to the match.
USA – Mallory Pugh 35th minute
FRA – Eugénie Le Sommer (Griedge Mbock Bathy) 38
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 22-Taylor Smith (2-Casey Short, 44, 23-Christen Press, 76), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 17-Tierna Davidson, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 3-Andi Sullivan (10-Carli Lloyd, 73), 6-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (21-Savannah McCaskill, 46); 11-Mallory Pugh (19-Crystal Dunn, 73), 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe (12-Lynn Williams, 46)
Substitutes: 8-Julie Ertz, 14-Sofia Huerta, 16-Emily Sonnett, 18-Jane Campbell, 20-Allie Long, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
FRA: 16-Sara Bouhaddi; 17- Marion Torrent, 19-Griedge Mbock Bathy, 2-Aïssatou Tounkara, 7-Amel Majri; 18-Viviane Asseyi, 23-Grace Geyoro, 6-Amandine Henry, 9-Eugénie Le Sommer; 13-Valérie Gauvin (20- Kadidiatou Diani, 86), 12- Gaëtane Thiney
Substitutes: 1-Karima Benameur, 3-Eve Perisset, 4-Laura Georges, 5-Estelle Cascarino, 8-Maeva Clemaron, 11-Ouleymata Sarr, 15-Marie-Charlotte Leger, 22-Sakina Karchaoui
Head Coach: Corinne Diacre
Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 11 / 13
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 7 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 13
Offside: 4 / 4
FRA – Viviane Asseyi (caution) 30th minute
FRA – Marion Torrent 33
FRA – Eugénie Le Sommer 90
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Karen Diaz (MEX)
4th Official: Tatiana Montes (PAN)
Woman of the Match: Alyssa Naeher