Carli Lloyd
Carli Lloyd of the USA takes the ball in the first half against England during the SheBelieves Cup at Red Bull Arena on March 4, 2017 in Harrison, New Jersey. Getty Images

After just a second loss on home soil since 2004, the United States Women’s soccer team will look to bounce back and finish the SheBelieves Cup with a victory when taking on France in the nation’s capital Tuesday. After a 1-0 win over Olympic champion Germany to open its campaign in the second edition of the invitational competition, Jill Ellis’ team was upset Saturday by 2015 World Cup semifinalist England in Pennsylvania.

With France having followed up an opening 2-1 win over England with a goalless draw against Germany, the side ranked third in the FIFA rankings will claim the trophy if it can beat the U.S. at RFK Stadium. The Americans must win and also secure a better goal difference than England, if the Lionesses defeat Germany in Tuesday’s other game.

For the U.S., though, the competition is less about the trophy than taking further steps of progress on the road to attempting to retain its title at the 2019 World Cup. Against England, Ellis continued to try out different personnel as she aims to discover fresh blood after the disappointment of a quarterfinal exit at last summer’s Rio Olympics.

“At the end of the day, this is a game that is going to stay with them,” Ellis said after the defeat to England courtesy of an 89th-minute goal from Ellen White. “And hopefully it's a springboard for a further commitment for us getting better. I thought there were a lot of good things in terms of, sometimes, our play and how we played through them. I thought we still stayed committed to what we're doing.”

Despite the loss, Ellis could reflect on the positive of a standout first national-team appearance by Rose Lavelle. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder was making her bow after being selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NWSL draft by the Boston Breakers,

“[There was] a phenomenal answer I got tonight: Rose Lavelle. She was fantastic,” Ellis said at her post-match press conference.

Having played out of position on the left wing in her debut, Lavelle could now be given an opportunity in her favored No. 10 role. That, though, would mean a shift in position or perhaps a place on the bench for captain Carli Lloyd.

Lloyd, who has been voted the best player in the world for the past two years, scored the only goal when the U.S. beat France the last time the sides met in the group stage of the 2016 Olympics.

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