The United States Women's National Team took a 2-2 draw against Germany in an international friendly Tuesday night.
In the USWNT's second game without Pia Sundhage on the sideline, the team was able to scratch and claw its way through 90 minutes against an equally talented German squad. A total team effort was required, something that the USWNT doesn't always need to have.
The game was slow at times, with each team relying on its physical play in the middle third of the field. Each team made several aggressive runs, only to be turned away by the other side's defensive group.
The skill level on both squads was obvious all night, especially when world-class scorer Abby Wambach was able to break the tie in the 44th minute.
The game's second half cranked up the pace, making the action worth watching. It was apparent that the two teams on the field were the best the women's soccer world has to offer.
Let's recap this one from top to bottom.
United States: Wambach's goal to start the game was spectacular, given her overall reputation. Heath's goal was more exciting because she was able to break the tie at a critical moment, not long after Solo made a huge save.
Germany: United States' Christie Rampone slipped early in the second half, allowing Dszenifer Maroszan to knock a breakaway goal past Solo. Maroszan's second goal was even better, with a laser-like left foot finding the back of the net.
Here's Abby Wambach's goal to start the game's scoring on Tuesday:
Abby Wambach: A
Wambach knocked him her 148th career goal in the first half, giving the United States the lead. Wambach continues to prove herself as one of the world's most dangerous scorers, despite the presence of younger players around her.
The goal came via header, something that American soccer fans are extremely used to at this point.
Tobin Heath: B+
Heath's goal in the second half put the United States ahead 2-1. She often sits quietly behind the team's bigger stars, but Heath is one of the best young players on this squad.
After making an excellent run to the far post, she received a service and was able to bury it behind Nadine Angerer to give her team the lead.
Alex Morgan: A-
Morgan didn't score a goal, but she generates a buzz like no other player on the field. Even when she isn't putting the ball in the back of the net, Morgan is making things happen on the field.
Watching her and Megan Rapinoe work together on the outside is something special, and she didn't disappoint Tuesday night. Her service to Wambach to start the game's scoring was wonderful, even though it was deflected on the way.
Hope Solo: A
Solo was excellent, despite being beat by two goals courtesy of Maroszan. She started the break that led to Heath's goal in the 67th minute and made a few other crucial saves to keep her team in it.
Dzsenifer Maroszan: A+
Wow. That's all that can be said about Germany's young attacker. Her first goal was a subject of the wet elements on the field, but her second goal was a work of art. Pounding a long-range shot past Hope Solo isn't easy, but she made it look that way.
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