The U.S. women’s national team lost again, falling 2-1 to Germany on Thursday night for their first three-game skid since 1993 and first home loss in more than five years.
Paula Krumbiegel scored the decisive goal in the 89th minute for third-placed Germany in the exhibition at the DRV PNK Stadium.
Megan Rapinoe scored in the 85th minute for the top-ranked Americans, who are unbeaten in 71 straight games at home. The last time the team lost on US soil was to Australia in July 2017. The United States lost in England and Spain last month.
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American coach Vlatko Andonovski said that while he was unhappy with the loss, he saw many positives.
“We saw what we wanted to see,” Andonowski said. “We talked about precision in the final third, we talked about the link between the front three, we talked about the link between the midfielders and the forward line. So we saw everything we said we wanted to see in this game. Now obviously we saw the final touch. No, that’s what we missed.
In the 34th minute, Lindsay Horan had a good chance for the USA, but her header was missed. Moments later, Rose Lavelle’s effort was deflected away from Horan and looked to hit the crossbar, but fell just outside the goal line.
Horan attempted a bicycle kick early in the second half that went wide of the post. U.S. goalkeeper Casey Murphy made a dramatic save on the counter, but the rebound was rebounded by Clara Bull, who hit the post and set up an own goal for Murphy in the 52nd minute.
Rapinoe scored off an Alex Morgan cross to tie the game.
“We changed tactics at halftime and the United States had really strong standards. Then we had a quick turnaround when we scored unexpectedly and after that we played very well. (The United States) scored against us in the last few minutes and then we had. “Played really well and scored in the last two minutes,” Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said through a translator.
It was the first time since 2001 that the United States scored multiple goals in three consecutive games. The Americans fell to England 2-1 at Wembley Stadium on October 7, then lost 2-0 to Spain in Pamplona on October 11.
Thursday’s match was the first of two year-end friendlies against Germany. 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 and has four titles overall.
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 this summer’s Women’s Euro final, but have since won four in a row.
The United States has reshuffled its roster after a bronze medal finish at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Andonowski has brought in young players, including 22-year-old forward Sophia Smith, who was named the National Women’s Soccer League MVP this season.
“I believe in these players. I believe these players can score goals. In fact, the front line consists of three of the best goal scorers in the NWSL who are eligible to play for this country,” Andonovski said, referring to Smith. , Morgan and Mallory Pugh.
“They’ve proved they can score goals, they’ve proved they can play through this. They can score goals, different ways and sometimes it doesn’t happen, but like I said, I’m not concerned about that, but I’m sure. They want to score more goals.
The U.S. travels to New Zealand in January for a training camp and a pair of exhibition matches against the Kiwis on Jan. 18 and Jan. 21, both venues where the Americans will play in the group stage of the World Cup.