The US women’s team lost again, losing 2-1 to Germany on Thursday night, their first loss 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-placed Germany in the exhibition at the DRV PNK Stadium.
Megan Rapinoe scored in the 85th minute for the Americans, who were undefeated for 71 straight games at home. The team’s last defeat on American soil was to Australia in July 2017. The US lost to England and Spain last month.
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US coach Vlatko Andonovski said that while dissatisfied with the defeat, he saw many positives.
“We saw what we wanted to see,” Andonovski said. “We were talking about accuracy in the final third, we talked about the connection between the three forwards, we talked about the connection between midfielders and attackers. So everything that we said we wanted to see in this game, we saw. final touch, and this is what was missing.”
Lindsey Horan had a good chance for the United States in the 34th minute, but his head was gone. Moments later, Rose Lavelle’s attempt appeared to deflect Horan and hit the crossbar, but fell off the goal line.
Horan attempted a bicycle kick early in the second half that went off the post. On the counterattack, American goalkeeper Casey Murphy made a dramatic save, but Klara Buhl grabbed the rebound, which hit the post and hit Murphy for an own goal in the 52nd minute.
Rapinoe scored an Alex Morgan cross to tie the game.
“We changed tactics at half-time and USA had very strong standards. Then we had a quick change when we scored unexpectedly and after that we did very well. (USA) scored the goal against us in the last few minutes and then we had It was very good and scored us last two minutes,” Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said through a translator.
It was the first time the USA had conceded multiple goals in three consecutive games since 2001. The Americans lost 2-1 to England at Wembley Stadium on 7 October, then lost 2-0 to Spain in Pamplona on 11 October. October.
Thursday’s game 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 and has four titles in total.
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.
The United States has revamped its roster since winning the bronze medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Andonovski brought in younger players, including 22-year-old forward Sophia Smith, who was named the National Women’s Football 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 scorers in the NWSL who are eligible to play for this country,” Andonovski said, referring to Smith, Morgan and Mallory Pugh.
“They’ve proven they can score goals, they’ve proven they can play with it. They can score goals in different ways and sometimes that just doesn’t happen. But like I said, I’m not worried, but I sure want them to score more goals. .”
The United States will travel to New Zealand in January for training camp and two friendly games against the Kiwis on January 18 and 21, both at the stadiums where the Americans will play during the World Cup group stage.