ORLANDO – The US Women’s National Soccer Team defeated England 2-0 in the first day of the 2020 She Believes Cup Exploria Stadium with 16,531 in attendance.
The USWNT outworked England and scored by Christen Press and Carli Lloyd to secure the win.
The win puts the US in a virtual tie with Spain, though Spain’s 3-1 victory over Japan in the opening match gives them at a slight edge on goals scored.
Julie Ertz earned a milestone with her 100th appearance for the USA. She was hailed by teammates and coaches as a key to the teams success in 2020. Ertz became the 40th woman to reach the milestone.
Team USA’s defense was on point as Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher needed just three saves to earn the shutout. The Americans 23-8 and had 6 of them on target compared to 3 for England.
After back and forth first half, which ended 0-0, the US Finally pushed through and scored in the 53rd minute when Carli Lloyd fed a pass to Christen Press outside the box, setting her up for a beautiful shot to the upper left had corner, past England goalkeeper Carly Telford.
A little later in the Lindsey Horan found Lloyd near the penalty spot and two quick touches led to a left-footed score.
The SheBelieves Cup returns to action on March 8th at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ as Japan will face England, and the USWNT will face Spain.