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Women's Football England get off to a losing start in the SheBelieves Cup

CHRISTEN PRESS and Carli Lloyd scored in the second half to give the United States a 2-0 victory over England in the SheBelieves Cup on Thursday night.

Alyssa Naeher made three saves to keep England scoreless and extend the top-ranked US’s unbeaten streak to 29 games.

The two teams were scoreless in the first half. The World Cup champion US team applied pressure but England goalkeeper Carly Telford kept them from finding the back of the net.

Press’s curling shot from distance into the upper right corner put the United State up in the 53rd minute.

A few moments later, Lloyd added another –  the 123rd career goal for Lloyd, who led the team in scoring last year with 16 goals.

Press has scored eight goals in the last eight matches. She had five goals in the recent Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament and was named the event’s MVP.

Julie Ertz  also came close to scoring in the 78th minute, but the United States were judged offside.

The game was a rematch of the World Cup semi-final last summer in France., when the US held on for the 2-1 win after Naeher smothered Steph Houghton’s penalty kick in the 84th minute.

Spain beat Japan 3-1 earlier on Thursday at Orlando’s Exploria Stadium to open the tournament. The winner of the four-team round-robin tournament is determined on points.

Spain, ranked No 13 in the world, play the United States tomorrow when the tournament shifts to the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. No 10 Japan will face sixth-ranked England in the other match.

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