ATLANTA (AP) — Lindsey Horan transformed a penalty kick within the 77th minute and the United States got here from behind…

ATLANTA (AP) — Lindsey Horan transformed a penalty kick within the 77th minute and the United States got here from behind to defeat Japan 2-1 to open the SheBelieves Cup earlier than a file crowd on Saturday.

Jaedyn Shaw additionally scored for the United States within the match performed earlier than 50,644 followers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a file for a pleasant match for the United States ladies on dwelling soil. It was additionally the biggest crowd for a ladies’s recreation within the United States for the reason that 1999 World Cup closing.

The recreation additionally marked the return of each Mallory Swanson and Catarina Macario after prolonged absences due to damage.

“I believe the followers had an enormous half within the recreation right now,” interim U.S. coach Twila Kilgore stated concerning the crowd. “You might really feel them all the time.”

Japan scored 30 seconds into the sport. Kiko Seike dashed down the wing and evaded a defender with a shot that was out of the attain of U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. It was the primary time the U.S. conceded a objective inside the opening minute since 2003.

Swanson began in her first recreation again in practically a yr since injuring her patellar tendon throughout an exhibition match in opposition to Ireland final yr. The damage stored her out of final summer time’s Women’s World Cup.

Swanson practically scored within the fifteenth minute however a goal-line clearance by Japan’s goalkeeper denied her. She had one other good likelihood within the 72nd minute.

“I used to be slightly excited, you may inform,” Swanson stated. “So get these jitters out of the best way and transfer on to the following.”

Macario got here into the sport as a second-half substitute, making her first look with the nationwide workforce in two years after tearing an ACL in a match with Lyon.

Shaw, enjoying as a No. 10, scored by visitors with a blast from outdoors the penalty field to tie it. Shaw, 19, is the primary U.S. participant with 5 objectives in 5 straight profession begins.

“One factor I’d wish to level out is that not solely did she rating an excellent objective, and never solely was she a part of very efficient buildup, however she did an incredible job defensively,” Kilgore stated of Shaw. “This is an space the place she has accepted a problem and is constant to develop into, and makes a large distinction for our workforce.”

Just earlier than Shaw’s objective, the United States was damage when defender Naomi Girma was subbed off with an obvious proper thigh damage. Girma was the U.S. Soccer Player of the Year final yr.

Horan’s game-winning penalty got here after Sophia Smith was introduced down within the field.

Korbin Albert got here into the match as a second-half substitute following a controversy over previous social media posts. The 20-year-old Albert, who performs for Paris Saint-Germain, had reposted anti-LGBTQ+ content material on her TikTok account.

Albert apologized, saying “liking and sharing posts which are offensive, insensitive and hurtful was immature and disrespectful which was by no means my intent.”

Alex Morgan addressed the problem in a press release earlier this week and famous the workforce was dealing with it internally.

“We stand by sustaining a secure and respectful house, particularly as allies and members of the LGBTQ+ group. This platform has given us a chance to focus on causes that matter to us, one thing that we by no means take without any consideration. We’ll hold utilizing this platform to offer consideration to causes,” Morgan stated.

Brazil was set to play Canada within the later recreation Saturday in Atlanta. The outcomes will decide the matchups for Tuesday’s SheBelieves Cup matches in Columbus, Ohio.

All of the groups enjoying within the SheBelieves Cup have certified for the Olympics in France this summer time. Kilgore is teaching on an interim foundation whereas the U.S. awaits the arrival of latest coach Emma Hayes, who’s ending the season with Chelsea.


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