The U.S. WNT wrapped up a quick European tour with a second consecutive 1-0 win on Sunday, this one against Norway after defeating Sweden by the same scoreline on Thursday.
Christen Press provided the game winner in the 60th minute, scoring on a long ball from Becky Sauerbrunn with the America’s first shot on goal of the game.
With both U.S. opponents on this trip preparing for the Euros the Americans lack of a similar competition was highlighted and on Sunday the home team was the sharper of the two sides.
Coach Jill Ellis had to make a late change when Mallory Pugh injured her ankle while going through her pregame warmups forcing the U.S. coach to insert the Meghan Klingenberg in a midfield role rather than Klingenberg’s usual fullback position.
U.S. Soccer is attempting to bridge the competition gap with the four-team Tournament of Nations in late July and early August.
The U.S. got a late scare when Boston Breakers star Rose Lavelle pulled up with a hamstring injury, hopefully, the young star will be back soon.
July 27, 2017-7 PM PT WNT vs Australia – 2017 Tournament of Nations CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash. ESPN
July 30, 2017-5 PM PT WNT vs Brazil – 2017 Tournament of Nations Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif. ESPN2
August 3, 2017-7 PM PT WNT vs Japan – 2017 Tournament of Nations StubHub Center; Carson, California.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
NOR 0 0 0
USA – Christen Press (Becky Sauerbrunn) 60th minute
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara (8-Julie Ertz, 83), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 14-Casey Short, 6-Abby Dahlkemper; 16-Rose Lavelle (10-Carli Lloyd, 86), 20-Allie Long, 3-Samantha Mewis, 7-Meghan Klingenberg (9-Lindsey Horan, 46); 19-Crystal Dunn, 23-Christen Press
Subs not used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Abby Smith
Not available: 22-Mallory Pugh
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
NOR: 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth; 6-Maren Mjelde (capt.), 11-Nora Holstad Berge, 2-Ingrid Wold, 8-Andrine Hegerberg (3-Maria Thorisdottir, 75), 19-Ingvild Isaksen (13-Guro Reiten, 82), 20-Emilie Haavi (17-Kristine Minde, 59), 28-Ingrid Marie Spord (21-Lisa-Marie Karlseng, 75), 9-Elise Thorsnes, 10-Caroline Hansen, 14-Ada Hegerberg
Subs not used: 7-Kristine Bjørdal Leine, 12-Cecilie Fiskerstrand, 16-Tuva Hansen, 22-Anja Sønstevold, 25-Synne Jensen
Head Coach: Martin Sjögren
Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 11 / 4
Shots on Goal: 1 / 1