Morgan spurs U.S. women past England
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Alex Morgan (left) in action against host England during their international friendly on February 13, 2015, in Milton Keynes.

MILTON KEYNES, England -- Alex Morgan scored in the 25th minute to lift the United States to a 1-0 victory over England in a women’s international friendly on Friday in front of a crowd of 14,369 at Milton Keynes Stadium. 

The Americans rebounded from Sunday’s 2-0 loss at France with a second win in their last six games. 

Morgan gave the CONCACAF champion all the offense it needed, heading home from eight yards past goalkeeper Karen Bardsley off a Lauren Holiday.  It was the 25-year-old forward’s 50th goal in her 79th international appearance. 

England was denied an equalizer in the 56th minute, when Fran Kirby was ruled to be offside after putting in a rebound that was initially saved by U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. 

Despite the USA’s noticeable advantage in possession, England had one last chance to level three minutes into stoppage time.  Harris, though, had no problem snaring a long-distance effort by midfielder Fara Williams. 

The U.S. returns to action and Europe next month for the Algarve Cup in Portugal, where it will face Norway (March 4), Switzerland (March 6), Iceland (March 9), before finishing with a placement match (March 11). 

NOTES:

  • Both teams used the match as part of their preparations for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada …
  • the U.S. improved to 8W-1D-3L all-time against England.