American women win draw in Australia to close 2021

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Lynn Williams and Becky Sauerbrunn are seen after the second match of the International Friendly Series between Australia and the United States on November 30, 2021 in Newcastle, Australia.

The U.S. women’s soccer team closed 2021 with a 1-1 draw in Australia on Tuesday, featuring a young roster as the team turns the page of an Olympic year at next year’s Concacaf W championship and qualification for the 2023 World Cup.

Ashley Hatch scored for the second game in a row, the first two international goals of her career, also scoring the United States’ opener just 24 seconds away from Saturday’s 3-0 win over Australia. Hatch scored again early Tuesday, passing a back pass into Midge Purce’s box in the fourth minute. The American defense held their own until the 88th minute when Australia found the equalizer.

US coach Vlatko Andonovski has awarded a selection to five players in Australia’s pair of friendlies for the first time, resulting in an average age in both teams well below 30. Six players from Tuesday’s roster, including Purce and Hatch, have less than 10 career caps. Longtime veterans such as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd were missing, who played their last game in an American jersey on October 26. 200th selection in his next game in the United States.

The United States finished 2021 with a 17-2-5 record, evidenced by their bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The United States saw the end of their streak of 44 games without defeat in a 3-0 loss to Sweden to open the Olympics. , but recovered to advance with less than a victory in the gold medal game. After losing a heart-wrenching semi-final to Canada 1-0, the United States went undefeated for the remainder of 2021 to finish strong. The United States is expected to compete in its next competition at the 2022 SheBelieves Cup, which will typically be held in late February or early March.

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