U.S. women, Germany battle to another draw | Soccer
The top-ranked U.S. women and second-ranked Germany played to a 2-2 draw in an exhibition match in East Hartford, Conn.
The Associated Press
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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Abby Wambach doesn't like ties, especially after helping lead the United States to 14 consecutive victories and an Olympic gold medal.
Wambach scored her 23rd goal of the year Tuesday, but was less than happy after the Americans had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Germany — the second tie between the world's top two teams in four days.
"The truth is, this is totally a victory tour," she said. "It's not necessarily about the outcome, but it's way more fun when you win."
Dzenifer Marozsan scored twice for the Germans, including the equalizer in the 85th minute.
That came after Tobin Heath gave the U.S. team a 2-1 lead in the 67th minute on an assist from Alex Morgan, who had two assists in the match.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland, made six saves for the top-ranked Americans, who are 3-0-2 on a celebration tour after the London Olympics.
The Germans had ended the 14-match winning streak for the United States with a 1-1 draw in Bridgeview, Ill., on Saturday. The U.S. team never trailed in the rematch, but also never seemed in control.
Germany tied the match when Marozsan took a pass from Linda Bresonik, dribbled and beat Solo from about 22 yards.
The teams played in a steady rain and remained scoreless into the 44th minute.
That is when Morgan put a crossing pass into the box. Germany's Annike Krahn got a foot on the ball, but not enough to redirect the pass and Wambach was waiting to head it down and into the goal.
"I think both teams kind of came after it in the second half, made some subs and I think the tempo increased," said Jill Ellis, the interim U.S. coach.
Ellis is coaching because Pia Sundhage stepped down in September and accepted a job to coach Sweden.
Wambach had a chance to snap the tie in the 59th minute when German defender Luisa Wensing slipped to the turf, but her attempt to loft the ball over the charging goalkeeper didn't get high enough and Nadine Angerer came down with the save.
"That one-on-one with the keeper, I want back," said Wambach, who has 148 goals in international play. "If I put that down, we win."
Solo made two excellent saves in the 65th and 67th minutes on shots from Anja Mittag and Marozsan.
Solo had another stop in the 71st minute on a shot from Marozsan from nearly point-blank range.