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What We Learned on (Fall?) Vacation: Notes from the Women’s International Break

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New Zealand v United States Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

While the NWSL was on hold for the week, the Thorns’ internationals were on duty with their national teams. Lindsey Horan, Allie Long, and (gasp) Tobin Heath all saw minutes for the US, while Amandine Henry and Nadia Nadim played for France and Denmark, respectively. While most of these matches were friendlies, there were still some Thorns-related highlights worth sharing:

Lindsey Horan scored against New Zealand

In the second of two outings against the Football Ferns, Lindsey Horan scored a great diving header, getting on the end of a long ball by Sam Mewis:

Horan impressed throughout both matches, but especially on Tuesday after coming on for Rose Lavelle in the 33rd minute. A few minutes after her goal, she played an excellent ball in through the New Zealand defense to Mallory Pugh, who put it away for the USA’s second goal:

Goal aside, it was an excellent combination play between Kelley O’Hara, Horan, and Press, and an example of the vision and quality Horan can bring to the US midfield. After a decidedly mediocre start to the 2017 NWSL season, it’s good to see Horan back in form.

A wild Tobin Heath appeared

Tobin Heath played 18 minutes on Tuesday and did not re-injure herself. That is all.

Amandine Henry had a crazy assist for France

France defeated Spain 3-1 on Monday, in the second of two friendlies during the international break. Laura Georges notched the first goal in spectacularly weird fashion, after the strangest set piece you’re ever likely to see. Five France players spun around in a circle, square dance-style, outside the penalty area, and sprinted into the area as Eugenie Le Sommer hit her corner kick to the far post. Amandine Henry got her left foot on it, and the ball fell to the center of the six-yard box, where Georges had eluded a no-doubt baffled Spanish defense.

You can practically see the cartoon birds circling around keeper Dolores Gallardo’s head:

Nadia Nadim scored for Denmark

Nadia Nadim opened the scoring for Denmark with a 28th-minute penalty kick against Hungary in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. Denmark was supposed to play a friendly against the Netherlands, a rematch of the Euro final, on Friday, but that match was called off due to a labor dispute with the Danish federation. The team garnered a show of online support from some of Nadim’s Thorns teammates:

The team appears to have reached a temporary deal to play the match against Hungary, which ended 6-1 in Denmark’s favor.

Here’s a replay of Nadim’s penalty goal: