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Dunn, Sauerbrunn start; Horan, Smith feature in the USWNT’s 2-0 win over France

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Four Thorns feature in the U.S.’s win in Le Havre.

France v United States - International women friendly match Photo by Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Portland Thorns FC’s Crystal Dunn and Becky Sauerbrunn played 90 minutes in the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 2-0 win over France on Tuesday. Lindsey Horan and Sophia Smith were substitutes and came on in the second half.

The U.S. traveled to Le Harve after their lackluster performance in Sweden. France was not at full strength due to a COVID-19 outbreak at Olympique Lyonnais.

The USWNT jumped out to an early lead after Alex Morgan was brought down in the penalty area. Megan Rapinoe stepped up to the penalty spot and made no mistake.

The Americans doubled their lead 15 minutes later. Christen Press slid a lovely ball through to Alex Morgan, who scored her 109th career goal and her seventh against Les Bleues.

The US continued to dominate possession and won the ball back quickly through their press. In the 63rd minute, Lindsey Horan replaced Megan Rapinoe. Sophia Smith replaced Christen Press in the 75th minute.

Horan was extremely involved drifting to the left and causing the French defense trouble. Smith fired one shot wide and one shot was blocked. Dunn cleared the ball off the goal line late in the match to keep the clean sheet.