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Chicago, IL., – The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team completed their 2019 Victory Tour with a 1-1 draw against Korea Republic Soldier Field in Chicago. The Oct. 6 match was also the final game for USWNT head coach Jill Ellis, who completed her tenure as the winningest coach in U.S women’s soccer.
Korea Republic opened scoring in the 34th minute when So-Yun powered a shot in the lower-left corner of the goal past USWNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. But the World Cup Champions responded in minutes when Megan Rapinoe crossed a corner kick into Carli Lloyd who headed the ball past the Korean goalkeeper with ease in the 37th minute.
All three Washington Spirit representatives saw action in the final match of the 2019 Victory Tour.
Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle got the starting nod at the left-center midfield position. She quickly made the most of her start in the 11th minute as she headed a ball that was crossed by Tobin Heath, but her shot sailed just over the crossbar. The match was Lavelle’s 36th USWNT cap.
Washington forward Mallory Pugh subbed into the game for Rapinoe in the 46th minute. Pugh nearly gave the U.S. the lead in stoppage time when she headed a ball from Lloyd towards the net but the chance bounced off the crossbar. The 21-year-old earned her 60th USWNT cap.
Spirit captain Andi Sullivan subbed into the game for Heath in the 59th minute. Sullivan played at right-back and contributed to a solid USWNT defense that only allowed 5 total shots throughout the game. The Spirit midfielder earned her 13th USWNT.
The USWNT will conclude their 2019 season with matches against Sweden at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 7, and Costa Rica on Nov. 10 in Jacksonville, Fla. at TIAA Bank Field.