The U.S. women wrapped up their World Cup warmup matches with a scoreless draw against South Korea. Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout, posted her 84th career shutout, a U.S. record.
HARRISON, N.J. – The United States’ fate at the Women’s World Cup might hinge on Alex Morgan’s left knee.
The 25-year-old forward, who has a bone bruise, missed her third straight match, a listless 0-0 draw against South Korea on Saturday in the team’s final warmup event.
Morgan hasn’t played in a month but says she will be ready for the Americans’ opener against Australia on June 8. Coach Jill Ellis, trying to lead the U.S. team to its first World Cup title in 16 years, said Morgan will have to build her minutes at the tournament in Canada.
“We need her. We need her to win,” said U.S. forward Abby Wambach, who might get more playing time because of Morgan’s injury. “I’m comfortable if she doesn’t start games. I’m comfortable if she comes off the bench, that we still are successful throughout this World Cup.”
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Three days shy of her 35th birthday, Wambach started in her 242nd international appearance in the only change by Ellis from the starters in a 5-1 victory over Mexico on May 17. Wambach replaced Megan Rapinoe, a Seattle Reign FC player who had a sore quadriceps in training Friday.
While the United States outshot the South Koreans 15-7, the Americans had few good scoring chances.
Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout, made two saves and posted her 84th career shutout — extending her U.S. record.
“We looked a little leggy,” Ellis said. “It’s now time to kind of put all the circus behind us and get up to Canada and recharge our batteries and be ready to go.”
The Americans were shut out at home for the first time since 2008, in Cincinnati, also by South Korea.
The United States extended its home unbeaten streak to 96 (84-0-12) since late 2004.