June 14, 2014
Clean sheet, Leroux goal lead US over France 1-0
TAMPA, Florida – Goalkeeper Hope Solo tied the U.S. Women’s National Team shutout record and Sydney Leroux scored her team-leading seventh goal of the year as the USA defeated France 1-0 in front of 9,799 fans at Raymond James Stadium Saturday night.
|Saturday's 1-0 win over France was the 71st shutout of goalkeeper Hope Solo's WNT career.
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The crowd was the largest to ever see the U.S. Women in Tampa, watching as they extended theior home unbeaten streak to 83 games.
Solo made one save en route to her fourth shutout this year and 71st of her career, matching the U.S. WNT record set by Briana Scurry.
Her only save came in the eighth minute. France’s Elodie Thomis got past the USA defense and went in one-on-one against Solo. The U.S. goalkeeper played Thomis’ angle, making the save at the near right post to keep the match scoreless.
The U.S. goal came in the 21st minute. Carli Lloyd started the sequence with the dish to Christen Press, who flicked the ball into the left side of the box toward Sydney Leroux. Leroux battled through France defenders Jessica Houara and Laura Georges and then slid the ball past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi into the right side of the net for the lead. It was Leroux’s team-leading seventh goal of the year.
France came close in the 30th minute, when Eugenie Le Sommer slammed a shot off the post.
Solo also came up with a big defensive effort just before halftime, battling the slick conditions on the pitch, the result of storms that caused a 30 minute delay in the game's kickoff. France crossed the ball from the right side to Le Sommer, who headed the ball into the rain-soaked grass. Solo reacted to the bounce to her right side, needing to lunge back a bit to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line, she was able to corral the ball to maintain the 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
The win was the first for Jill Ellis as the full-time U.S. Women's National Team coach, although she has guided the team on an interim basis on two occasions, and now has an overall record of 7-0-3.
Alex Morgan, who had not played since November 10, while recovering from a foot injury, saw 41 minutes of action as a second half sub, after going 90 minutes for the Portland Thorns in their last game over the weekend.
The match is the first of back-to-back international friendlies between the USA (ranked No. 1 by FIFA) and France (ranked No. 4). They square off again June 19 in East Hartford, Connecticut.