October 21, 2015
A TIE AND SAYING GOODBYE
U.S. draws Brazil as Boxx plays her last game
SEATTLE - Carli Lloyd scored in the 85th minute to give the United States Women's National Team a 1-1 draw with Brazil in front of a record crowd of 23,603 at CenturyLink Field. The crowd was the largest ever for a WNT match played in the state of Washington.
|Midfielder Shannon Boxx played her last game for the United States.
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Brazil that struck first in the third minute, the earliest the U.S. has conceded a goal all year. Andressinha sent a curling ball off a corner kick into the box and goalkeeper Hope Solo looked as if she might come out to meet it, but decided against the move. As the ball came in, Monica jumped to head it towards the back post and in for a score.
The deficit was the first for the WNT in its last 18 matches. The U.S. last trailed after going down 1-0 in the 43rd minute of a 2-1 comeback win against Norway on March 4 at the Algarve Cup.
Just before the halftime whistle, the U.S. broke off a real chance. It started with Lloyd, who used a crafty touch to get free on the left side. Lloyd darted into the box and sent a low hard cross into Alex Morgan. Morgen one-timed it at goal, but her shot went straight at Luciana, who blocked it down and secured it.
The U.S. equalizer came on a play started when Meghan Klingenberg beat a pair of defenders to get into the Brazil box. Klingenberg managed a low cross back to a breaking Lloyd, who slid in and hit a rocket of a shot that clipped off the crossbar and bounced in to tie the game. The goal was Lloyd's 17th of the year.
Veteran midfielder Shannon Boxx, playing in her final game for the U.S., was honored prior to the match, and started it wearing the captain's armband. She played 41 minutes wearing her married name, Spearman, on her jersey before being subbed out for Tobin Heath.
With the draw, the WNT extended its home unbeaten streak to 101 games (88-0-13). The last loss at home came to Denmark on Nov. 6, 2004 in Philadelphia.
Both teams now travel cross-country for another matchup as the Victory Tour continues at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Oct. 25