World Champions United States WNT Lose Three Successive Games For First Time Since 1993

The world champion United States Women’s National Team suffered their third straight loss, losing 2-1 to Germany in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last night. It is the first time since 1993 that they have lost three games in a row. The game also ended the team’s 71-game unbeaten streak at home for five years.

An 89th-minute goal from German substitute Paulina Krumbiegel was enough for Germany to win 2-1 in Florida. The loss follows back-to-back defeats in Europe in October, losing 2-1 to European champions England at Wembley and 2-0 to Spain at Pamplona. For the number one team in the world playing at the end of their league season, losing to the nations ranked third, fourth and sixth respectively is no shame, but with their FIFA Women’s World Cup defense beginning in just eight months it looks like a team in transition, currently unable to match Europe’s top nations.

Germany took the lead in the 52nd minute when Klara Bühl’s long shot hit the post and was deflected into the net by USA keeper Casey Murphy. It looked like substitute Megan Rapinoe had salvaged a draw when she equalized five minutes from time for the German winner. Speaking after the game, Rapinoe was generally candid. “It’s not the World Cup,” she said, “but it’s three on the rebound and it’s never good.”

“I thought there were a lot of good things today. We were taught some good lessons today, about staying focused all the time, there’s a little lack of focus at the end with the last goal and we have to finish our chances. I don’t really want to sugar coat it. It sucks. You never want to lose three in a row. I don’t think I’ve ever lost three in a row on this team.

Coach Vlatko Andonovski denied his team had anything to worry about, saying he was unhappy with some of the calls from Jamaican referee Odette Hamilton and his assistants from Honduras. “First and foremost, we are not happy with the result. Every time you don’t win a game, you can’t be happy no matter what happens on the other side. I think we have played a very good game against an incredible opponent. I think the referees took things away from us. I don’t want to rely on that too much but I feel like the game was a bit too much for them.”

“What I learned today is that this team is always ready to learn from their mistakes, adapt tactically and find their way back into the game. Of course, that gives us courage and courage. security. We showed a good reaction to the 1-1 draw that forced the USA to make mistakes.”

Despite the absence of several key players who did not travel to the United States due to injury, Germany’s victory was the first time since July 2017 that a visiting nation has prevailed against the champions of the world, ending the hosts’ 71-game unbeaten run (64 wins, 7 draws) since losing 1-0 to Australia in the Tournament of Nations. USA’s longest unbeaten streak at home remains the incredible 104 games they went unbeaten between December 2004 and December 2015.

It is also the first time since 1993 that the United States have been beaten in three consecutive matches. On that occasion they lost to Norway and Germany in four days in the Cyprus Cup before losing again to the Germans the following month. The United States will have the chance to get their revenge on their opponents in three days when they face Germany again in Harrison, New Jersey. The team has never lost four consecutive games in its 37-year history.

In this game, striker Alex Morgan will become just the 13th player in the country’s history to earn 200 caps. She hopes this occasion will be an improvement on her 199th appearance. “Let’s hope so,” she said, preferring to dwell on the positives of last night’s matches. “I think there were some really good moments. I thought we sometimes looked the best in the world tonight and I think our finishing wasn’t there and some calls didn’t go through for us. So it’s a bit disappointing but I think we’re happy to try Germany again in a few days.”

Leave a Comment