Tobin Heath (17) scores the equalizer for the U.S. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. women’s national team continued to struggle to find wins this year as it played England to a 2-2 draw at the SheBelieves Cup Saturday.
The defending world champions played to their second successive 2-2 tie in the competition as their record for 2019 fell to 1-1-2.
In a match between two of the world’s best teams, the USA had the upper hand for most of the game, creating far more danger inside the attacking half before 22,125 fans.
The Americans were rewarded with a spectacular goal by Megan Rapinoe in the 33rd minute.
England responded less than three minutes later after U.S. goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, making her international debut, inadvertently picked up a back pass and the referee awarded an indirect free kick inside the penalty area. Steph Houghton’s clinical finish sent the match into the break tied at 1-1.
In the second half, England’s Nikita Parris slipped behind the U.S. defense to put the Lionesses ahead 2-1 in the 56th minute, but the U.S. created the equalizer in the 67th off a corner kick courtesy of Tobin Heath after a wild scramble inside the box.
The USA out shot England, 20-6, and had six corner kicks to England’s one. England scored on two of its three shots on goal after Japan scored on its only two shots on goal in the 2-2 draw Feb. 27.
The result put England in second place in the SheBelieves standings with four points and the U.S. in third with two points. Japan’s 3-1 win over Brazil lifted the Nadeshiko into first place based on goals scored, while Brazil sits fourth.
In celebration of the SheBelieves spirit, the U.S. WNT wore jerseys bearing the names of powerful, influential, iconic and inspirational women during the game. Each member of the team selected the name of a woman who has inspired them and wore that name on the back of their jersey. The choices ranged from activists to Nobel Prize winners, to artists, athletes and trailblazers, from historic to contemporary, and features women who hail from diverse backgrounds and champion a variety of causes.
The USWNT will wrap up the SheBelieves Cup against Brazil in Tamp Fla. Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS1) at Raymond James Stadium. England will take on Japan in the earlier game of the day (5 p.m. ET; ussoccer.com). The USA will need a draw between Japan and England, and a victory over Brazil, plus an edge in the tie-breaker, to win the tournament.