The U.S. Women’s National Team fell to England 2-1 at the iconic Wembley Stadium in front of an electric crowd of 76,893, making it the highest-attended friendly match in USWNT history. The result ended the USWNT’s 13-game winning streak that dated back to the team’s second match of this year against New Zealand.
The international showpiece friendly was billed as a marker for both sides ahead of next year’s World Cup. Still, the hosts continued the momentum from their summer triumph and stretched their unbeaten run under Sarina Wiegman to 23 games.
Hemp pounced in the 10th minute before England was pegged back when Sophia Smith fired past Mary Earps just before the half-hour mark. But Stanway, dispossessed in the build-up to that equaliser, converted a VAR-awarded penalty in the 33rd minute after Hailie Mace was punished for a high boot on Lucy Bronze.
Trinity Rodman thought she had levelled a second time for the visitors, but VAR ruled her offside, and England played out an impressive win against the side that dashed their World Cup dream in the semi-finals three years ago.