U.S. women, Germany tie in exhibition match | Soccer
The top-ranked U.S. women's team settled for a 1-1 draw with second-ranked Germany in an exhibition match in Illinois.
Latest from the Sounders FC blog
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Abby Wambach scored in the second minute, but the top-ranked U.S. women's team settled for a 1-1 draw with Germany on Saturday after squandering several chances in the second half of the exhibition match.
The Americans were playing their first match since Pia Sundhage stepped down as coach last month. Jill Ellis, development director for the U.S. team, is serving as interim coach.
Anja Mittag scored in the 14th minute for Germany, which is No. 2 in the FIFA world ranking.
"It didn't feel funny without Pia," Wambach said. "What did feel funny is, we haven't played much together. The fact we could get this result against a good German team is a credit to us."
The draw snapped a 14-match winning streak for the Americans.
The teams play again Tuesday in East Hartford, Conn.
Major League Soccer
• The Red Bulls played a 0-0 tie with visiting Sporting Kansas City, clinching a Major League Soccer playoff berth for New York and the Supporters' Shield for San Jose as the team with the best record in MLS.
Meanwhile, Lewis Neal scored in stoppage time as D.C. United beat visiting Columbus 3-2 to gain its first playoff berth in five seasons. Host Houston beat Philadelphia 3-1 to secure a playoff berth.
In other matches, host New England beat Chicago 1-0; Colorado beat Chivas USA 2-0 in Carson, Calif.; and visiting Montreal and Toronto FC played to a scoreless draw.