The US Women’s National Soccer team shut out Brazil 1-0 in front of a record crowd of over 14,00 fans at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa last night. Team USA has five remaining matches in the US before the Women’s World Cup.
Even though it was a night of victory for the ladies, The team from England took home the She Believes tournament Cup with a 3-0 win over Japan earlier in the evening.
England, which finished the tournament with seven points from two wins and a 2-2 tie with the USA, scored all of its goals in the opening 30 minutes against Japan and its three goals came on four shots on target.
The scoring sequence was spectacular. Tobin Heath got loose with the ball and made a 50 yard sprint and made a perfect pass to Alex Morgan in the left side. Brazilian goalie Aline charged at Morgan and blocked the ball with a falling dive, but the rebound went back to Heath who knocked the ball in the upper left had side of the open goal easily for her second tournament score.
In the second half, the USA continued to pressure and control the game’s tempo but missed on a couple of finishes that could have padded the score line. U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris had a strong game, making a crucial point-blank save around the 75th minute and another on a Marta free kick in the 81st to maintain the USA’s shutout.
The WNT continues the “Countdown to the Cup” with a friendly vs. Australia on April 4 (9 p.m. ET; FS1) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, followed by a first meeting with Belgium on April 7 (9 p.m. ET; ESPN2) at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.