Rapinoe, Morgan score for USA

LE HAVRE, France (AP) — Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan scored and the U.S. women’s national team beat France 2-0 in an exhibition on Tuesday.

The United States extended its unbeaten streak to 39 games, dating to January 2019 when the Americans fell to France 3-1.

“I felt like tonight we had a good showing and it’s always nice to get on the scoresheet against France. It makes it that much more special in France,” Morgan said.

Rapinoe scored on a penalty kick in the fifth minute. She leads the team with seven goals in seven matches this year.

Morgan made it 2-0 with her 109th career goal in the 19th minute.

Morgan credited her preseason training with the National Women’s Soccer League’s Orlando Pride for helping her return to top form after the birth of her daughter last year as well as a bout with COVID-19 over the holidays.

“I’ve been with Orlando day in and day out trying to gain 90-minute fitness,” she said. “So coming into this camp I felt really sharp and fit and felt like if 90 minutes was asked of me that I could take that on.”

Rapinoe scored twice against the French in a 2-1 quarterfinal victory at the 2019 World Cup, and the United States went on to win its second straight title in the tournament.


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