Already flawless through the first two months of the year, the United States women’s national team looks to close out the SheBelieves Cup with a third-straight victory and title when they face powerhouse Germany Wednesday at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.
With both sides owning perfect 2-0 marks in the tournament, Germany technically requires only a draw to win the cup since they are ahead on goals, while the U.S. needs a victory.
Powered by Alex Morgan’s stunning match-winning goal in the opening minute of extra time, the U.S. pulled off a 1-0 victory over France on Sunday in Nashville to advance to the championship of the three-city tournament.
Morgan has now tallied 63 international goals in her career, while goalkeeper Hope Solo recorded three saves and notched her 97th shutout.
The victory also improved the U.S. to a perfect 8-0 on the year, while Morgan is now knotted with fellow stars Crystal Dunn and Carli Lloyd for seven goals on the year.
Germany required some late-match heroics and a favorable bounce against England to reach the final. After giving up one goal in the first nine minutes, the Germans responded with a two-goal flurry spanning a quick seven minutes thanks to an own goal by England’s Gilly Flaherty in the 77th and Babbett Peter’s penalty strike in the 82nd.
The goals improved Silvia Neid’s side to three goals on the tournament, one better than the U.S., and both were payoffs to tremendous work from the attack.
The Germans fired off 14 shots, with six on target, and pressured for four corner kicks before finding the back of the net so late in the second half.
In the last meeting between the U.S. and Germany, the U.S. prevailed in semifinals of the 2015 World Cup in Montreal, 2-0. Lloyd scored off a penalty in the 69th minute, and Kelley O'Hara added a score in the 84th minute.
Kickoff: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
Prediction: USA over Germany, 2-1