USA women tie England 2-2 at SheBelieves Cup

England came from behind to beat Brazil in the She Believes Cup

England came from behind to beat Brazil in the She Believes Cup

The visitors went ahead 2-1 in the 53rd minute when Fran Kirby cleverly flicked the ball to Nikita Parris who then snuck inside the back line before sliding it past Franch.

Captain Megan Rapinoe, a vocal LGBTQ+ rights activist herself, selected Audre Lorde and wrote: "She was unapologetically herself".

The lead wouldn't last long though, as debutant goalkeeper Adrianna Franch erred by picked up a back pass, leading to an indirect free kick for England in the US box. Steph Houghton found the back of the net on an indirect free kick to tie it 1-1 in the 36th minute. These two teams have played to 1-0 final scores for four consecutive years with the Women's National Team (USWNT) winning three.

Rapinoe, who also scored the 43rd goal of her career in the 33rd minute, started the tying goal with a corner kick. The round-robin tournament sees each side play the other teams once, with the nation with the most points crowned the winners.

The United States walked away from a 2-2 draw against England on Saturday at the SheBelieves Cup in Nashville knowing they have plenty to sort out before they set off on their World Cup title defense in June. "The most important piece is we're playing against world class teams before we get ready for the summer", Ellis said. "We need to learn from these things quickly".

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"I don't think so", she said.

Now she wants to see her players "start the game with the same intensity and enthusiasm (that) we finished that game".

In the first game of the day's double-header, Japan scored twice in the last 10 minutes in a 3-1 victory over Brazil.

During the team's pre-game training on Friday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, the US team looked loose and relaxed, despite overcast skies and a chilly wind in the 40-degree weather. Making only her second appearance for the world's eighth-ranked team, Kobayashi headed home a cross from Yuka Momiki, who had opened the scoring in the first half.

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