October 23, 2012
USWNT-Germany draw 2-2
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. –Abby Wambach and Heath Tobin each scored, but Germany was able to equalize after both U.S. goals, as the teams played to a 2-2 tie in front of 18,870 rain-soaked spectators at Rentschler Field.
|Abby Wambach scored her 148th career goal on Tuesday night.
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Wambach moved to within 10 goals of the U.S. WNT all-time scoring record held by Mia Hamm when she notched her 148th career goal late in the first half and second-half sub Tobin Heath tallied a 67th-minute goal.
The USA moved to 3-0-2 in the Fan Tribute Tour, a celebration of the team's run to a fourth gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
With slick conditions on the field, it appeared the first half would be scoreless between the top two teams in the current FIFA Women's World Rankings, but the U.S. was able to find the back of the net in the 44th minute. The buildup started with a combination between Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe setting up Morgan on the edge of the left side of the penalty area. Morgan's cross took a slight deflection off of Germany defender Annike Krahn and lopped to the far right post. Wambach dashed in front of Germany defender Babett Peter and headed the ball into the back of the net on the dive for a 1-0 lead just before halftime.
Germany took advantage of a defensive miscue in 48th minute when U.S. captain and center back Christie Rampone slipped while trying to send the ball up-field near the edge of the center circle. Second-half sub Dzenifer Marozsan, the MVP of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, took advantage almost half field one-on-one against USA goalkeeper Hope Solo and slipped the ball underneath her to tie the score at 1-1.
After Solo came up with tremendous back-to-back saves in the 65th and 67th minutes, the U.S. responded on the offensive end when Morgan dribbled all the way to the left end line before made a sliding pass back into the middle toward Lloyd. The pass was a bit behind Lloyd, but then rolled through to Heath who slotted it into the right side of the net for a 2-1 lead in the 67th minute.
The USA held strong despite Germany's steady attack for nearly a 20-minute stretch, but Marozsan once again had an answer as she blasted a left-footed shot from distance just inside the left post past Solo in the 85th minute to tie the score at 2-2.
The Fan Tribute Tour resumes with two matches against the Republic of Ireland at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on Nov. 28 at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore., and at 9:30 pm ET (7:30 p.m. MT) on Dec. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Fans can follow the matches via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.