April 5, 2013
U.S. WNT ties Germany 3-3
OFFENBACH, Germany - Abby Wambach moved a goal closer to Mia Hamm's all-time record and Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan also scored as the U.S. Women's National Team played to a 3-3 tie with Germany in front of 16,090. All six goals came in the second half.
|Abby Wambach scored her 155th career goal in Friday's 3-3 tie with Germany.
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"Overall it was a fair result and a competitive, exciting game that showed the quality of the two best teams in the world," said head coach Tom Sermanni. "It's always disappointing when you're winning the game with 10 minutes to go and you end up drawing. But the positive side for us is we created some very good chances. We knew it was always going to be very difficult to come here and get a result."
Wambach scored her 155th career goal, in the 47th minute, putting her three shy of tying Hamm's record. From a short corner Rapinoe danced past her marker with a nutmeg before firing a cross to the far post. Wambach arrived with perfect timing to head the first goal of the match.
The U.S. doubled its lead in the 55th minute with Wambach turning provider. She flicked a pass from Shannon Boxx that was lofted toward the penalty area into the path of Rapinoe and the U.S. winger lashed a left-footed volley into the bottom right corner from 16 yards.
Germany got themselves back in the game in the 63rd minute Bianca Schmidt chipped a cross that was just half cleared by Dunn. Kim Kulig was there to clean up the scraps, smashing home from 12 yards to halve the deficit.
Both sides' high-powered attacks were firing on all cylinders and in the 66th minute Cheney had a goal disallowed. She rose highest to head in a Rapinoe free kick but the goal was pulled back as Wambach was adjudged to be in an offside position.
The USA continued their assault and in the 71st minute and restored its two-goal advantage. Cheney collected a poor clearance around the halfway line before lofting a 40-yard ball over the Germany backline and into the path of an onrushing Morgan.
The U.S. striker needed only one touch to lift the ball over Angerer for the 42nd goal of her National Team career.
But Germany refused to give up. In the 85th minute, Rampone was yellow carded after she and Celia Okoyino da Mbabi fell in a heap in the penalty area and Germany was awarded a penalty kick, which the German forward converted.
Just a minute later the game was tied with substitute Anja Mittag sweeping in a loss ball from the middle of the penalty area after Barnhart had only got a hand on the cross from the left wing and after a German attacker had bundled over Engen.
There was still time for one more chance, with forward Sydney Leroux's header in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time getting cleared off the goal line acrobatically by Verena Faißt.
The U.S. WNT travels to The Hague to meet the Netherlands on April 9 in a match live on ESPNW.com and ESPN3.com at 1 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.