The Americans exclude France in a friendly match

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Americans Alex Morgan (13) and Rose Lavelle (16) celebrate after Morgan scores a goal against France in an international women's soccer friendly match between the United States and France in Le Havre, France on Tuesday April 13, 2021 (AP) Photo / David Vincent)


LE HAVRE, France – Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan scored, and the US Women’s National Team beat France 2-0 in an expo on Tuesday.

The United States extended their unbeaten streak to 39 games, dating back to January 2019 when the Americans fell to France 3-1.

“I felt like we had a good performance tonight, and it’s always nice to be on the scoresheet against France. It makes things even more special in France, ”said Morgan.

Rapinoe scored from a penalty in the fifth minute. She leads the team with seven goals in seven matches this year.

Morgan went 2-0 with his 109th career goal in the 19th minute.

Morgan credited her pre-season training with the Orlando pride of the National Women’s Soccer League for helping her get back into shape after the birth of her daughter last year as well as a fight with covid-19 during the holidays.

“I’ve been with Orlando day in and day out trying to gain 90 minutes of fitness,” she said. “So coming into this camp I felt really fit and in good shape and I felt like I was being asked for 90 minutes so I could take this. “

Rapinoe scored twice against the French in a 2-1 quarter-final victory at the 2019 World Cup, and the United States won their second straight title in the tournament. France had not lost a match since.

France were missing some of their best players, including Wendie Renard, Amandine Henry and Dephine Cascario, due to a coronavirus epidemic in the club team of this trio, Lyon.

The Americans came from a 1-1 draw with Sweden on Saturday in Stockholm, which ended a 16-game winning streak. The United States, the highest ranked team in the world, is gearing up for the Tokyo Olympics.

“I think our game against Sweden we were a bit sloppy. We were giving a lot of balls, and the way we want to play, we can’t do it. If our technique collapses, our tactics collapse ”. said Captain Becky Sauerbrunn. “We wanted to be technically clean for this game, we wanted to go out flying with a lot of energy, and I think we did both. “

France beat England 3-1 on Friday. The Frenchman ranked third did not qualify for the Olympics.

Megan Rapinoe of the United States scores from a penalty kick during the first half of an international women’s soccer friendly match between the United States and France in Le Havre, France on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 (AP Photo / David Vincent)
French Eugenie Le Sommer controls the ball as Julie Ertz of the United States (8) defends during an international women’s soccer friendly match between the United States and France in Le Havre, France on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 (Credit : AP Photo / David Vincent)

Americans Alex Morgan (13) and Rose Lavelle (16) celebrate after Morgan scores a goal against France in an international women’s soccer friendly match between the United States and France in Le Havre, France on Tuesday April 13, 2021 (AP) Photo / David Vincent)

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