England, U.S. women’s soccer teams show solidarity with victims of sexual abuse


Ten weeks after conquering Europe, England ladies proclaimed themselves prepared for much more after beating the world champion United States 2-1 in a pleasant at Wembley Stadium in London on Friday.

Lauren Hemp and Georgia Stanway scored to assist England beat the U.S. for the primary time since 2017 and fewer than 10 months earlier than the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

England and the U.S. wore teal armbands in solidarity with sexual abuse victims and collectively held a banner that learn “Protect the Players” simply earlier than kickoff.

A report this week into the scandals that erupted within the National Women’s Soccer League final season discovered emotional abuse and sexual misconduct had been systemic within the league.

There was additionally a second of silence for the victims of the lethal crush of followers at a soccer match in Indonesia.

Stanway’s penalty within the thirty third minute put the hosts in entrance for good earlier than 76,893 followers. Victory prolonged England’s unbeaten run to 23 video games below coach Sarina Wiegman. England stopped the Americans’ 13-game successful streak and 21-match unbeaten streak courting to a 1-0 defeat to Canada in a 2021 Olympics semifinal.

“It was an important outcome,” Hemp informed broadcaster ITV. “There’s lots of preparation now for the World Cup. It’s necessary that we keep grounded.”

England, which received the European championship in late July, took the lead within the tenth when Beth Mead despatched a low cross into the field. Defender Alana Cook tried to make a sliding block however the ball wiggled by to Hemp, who completed from shut vary.

The Americans equalized simply earlier than the half-hour mark. Millie Bright tried to move out of the again to a tightly coated Stanway, and Lindsey Horan poked the ball ahead to Sophia Smith, who turned and fired low to the left nook previous a diving Mary Earps.

Stanway made amends from the spot, although, taking pictures the ball into the proper nook as goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher went the unsuitable means.

Minutes later, the guests thought they tied the sport once more however Trinity Rodman’s strike was dominated out for offside after a video evaluation.

Forward Alyssa Thompson entered within the 84th minute and at 17 years, 334 days turned the youngest to debut for the U.S. since Mallory Pugh in January 2016. Thompson was the seventieth teenager to seem for the Americans.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and broad receiver Allen Lazard had been among the many stars in attendance. The Packers play the New York Giants on Sunday in an NFL recreation at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. “Ted Lasso” actor Jason Sudeikis was additionally available.

U.S. wing Crystal Dunn went on as a second-half substitute — lower than 5 months after giving beginning to her son. It was her 124th worldwide look and first in practically 13 months.

The draw for the World Cup shall be in Auckland on Oct. 2


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