USA lifts the SheBelieves Cup with a 2-1 win over brazil2 min read
The United States of America won the SheBelieves Cup for the fourth time straight on Wednesday night, defeating Brazil 2-1, thanks to goals from Alex Morgan and Mallory Swanson.
The four-team round-robin tournament ended with Japan as the runner ups, which beat Canada 3-0 in the first game at Toyota Stadium. During the Women’s World Cup this summer in Australia and New Zealand, all four SheBelieves Cup teams will compete.
Brazilian goalkeeper Lorena was out of range of Morgan’s curling goal. Morgan has scored five goals in SheBelieves matches thus far.
Morgan now holds the national team record for most goals as a mother with 14, which was her 14th goal since the birth of her daughter in 2020.
Xavi Swanson scored in the 63rd minute, her fourth goal of the tournament and seventh overall this year, matching her total from last year.
In December, Swanson, who was previously Mallory Pugh, tied the knot with Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson.
Brazil avoided the shutout thanks to Ludmila’s late goal. The United States of America conceded it for the first time this year. In all five matches, the United States of America has never lost.
Rose Lavelle, a midfielder, made her debut for the United States after suffering a minor injury that kept her out of the first two matches of the tournament.
Japan’s victory over Canada ended a four-game losing streak. Prior to Kiko Seike’s goal in the 26th minute, Japan had not scored in four matches, two of which were against SheBelieves.
In the midst of a labor dispute with their federation, the Canadian players donned purple wristbands and T-shirts that read “Enough is Enough” for the anthems.
In support of Canada, players for the United States also wore wristbands in purple.
In 2016, the SheBelieves Cup was first held. Six of the eight competitions have been won by the United States.
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