Sophia Smith, Mallory Pugh and USWNT focus on World Cup 2023

The United States celebrates a goal against Germany in the second half of a women's international friendly soccer match Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in Harrison, NJ (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

HARRISON, NJ — The United States Women’s National Team ended 2022 on a high with a thrilling win over Germany at Red Bull Arena on Sunday night as the team shifts its focus to the summer World Cup next.

The team snapped a three-game losing streak thanks to a pair of straight goals early in the second period by rising stars Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh. Within two minutes, the attackers put on a show for the 26,317 fans inside the arena – an ode to the electric confidence the team is known for.

The match got off to a hesitant start, after Germany secured an early lead on an effortless goal from midfielder Jule Brand in 18e minute. The lackluster goal, which was met with silence from fans, came after some confusion in front of the net following a deflection from a defender.

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