Sunday, February 12, 2012

The After Bar - USWNT Highlights and Post-Match Comments

Alex Morgan scored a pair for the U.S. Women's National Team as they overcame a 1-0 deficit to grab the win in stoppage time, 2-1.

Fun fact: The two headers in the 88th and 93rd minute meant that ten of her career 16 goals have come in the 80th minute or later.

An uncharacteristically poor backpass to second half goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart gave New Zealand the lead shortly after halftime (49th minute), but the sometimes sloppy Lady Nats found another victory in the jaws of defeat.

The game was played in near-freezing temperatures at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas in front of a sell out 20,677 fans, the largest home crowd to see a women's soccer game since the 1999 Women's World Cup Final in Los Angeles.

The match was the first since the USWNT qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and their only game on U.S. soil before leaving for Portugal to prepare for the Algarve Cup and, potentially, their ninth title of that tournament, at the end of the month.



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