U.S. Women Complete Successful Euro Trip

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Christen Press scored the lone U.S. goal. Photo: U.S. Soccer

The U.S. Women’s National Team completed its two-game European tour with its second 1-0 victory, this time defeating long-time rivals Norway.

Played before some 4,000 fans at Komplett Arena, Christen Press’s goal in the 60th minute would be all the United States would need on this day.

Following a similar pattern to the match with Sweden three days prior, the Americans started slowly and absorbed pressure from a strong Norway side. After taking just two shots in the first 45 minutes, the U.S. had nine shots in the second half and dictated play throughout much of the second stanza.

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Norway created several early chances, particularly from proficient striker Ada Hegerberg, but the U.S. defense, led by captain Becky Sauerbrunn, stood tall while U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher put in another strong performance to keep Norway off the scoreboard.

Similar to the winner against Sweden, the U.S. created the game-winning goal a few minutes into the second period when Sauerbrunn lofted a long pass from the defensive third over the Norway defense and to the streaking Press. Press did well to control the skidding ball, carried it into the left side of the box and quickly slotted it home with her left boot just past the foot of the charging goalkeeper.

The USWNT will now go into a break from National Team play and return to their NWSL clubs to resume the 2017 season on June 17. The U.S. will get together again in late July before kicking off the inaugural Tournament of Nations in Seattle on July 27 against Australia. The U.S. then travels to San Diego to face Brazil on July 31 and closes out the competition against Japan on Aug. 3 in Carson, California.

Information provided by U.S. Soccer.