Although the United States didn’t win the SheBelieves Cup tournament on home soil, coach Jill Ellis is still encouraged with the team’s progress as it prepares for the women’s World Cup.
Tobin Heath scored in the first half and the United States finished the SheBelieves Cup with a 1-0 victory over Brazil on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla.
“I’ve already come out of this tournament with less question marks, because of the takeaways in terms of personnel and different things that we’ve seen, and that feels good,” Ellis said. “Obviously, you want to lift that trophy, 100 percent, you want to win every game, but now it’s going in with even more clarity. I think that’s a positive.”
It was the final game of the four-team, round-robin tournament played in three cities. England defeated Japan 3-0 in the early game at Raymond James Stadium on Tuesday to win the SheBelieves Cup title. The United States finished second on points.
All four teams are in the top 10 of the FIFA rankings and will play in the World Cup in France later this year. The Americans, ranked No. 1, are the defending champions of soccer’s most prestigious tournament.
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The United States played to a 2-2 draw with Japan in the tournament opener in Chester, Pa., and then tied England 2-2 in Nashville on Saturday. Brazil, ranked No. 10, lost all three of its matches.
The United States will continue its 10-match tour in preparation for the World Cup next month, when the team faces Australia in Commerce City, Colo. on April 4 and Belgium in Los Angeles on April 7. The Americans open World Cup group play June 11 against Thailand.
England and Japan play in the same group in France and meet again June 19.
• In the first game, England scored three goals in the first 30 minutes to top Japan. England, ranked No. 4 in the world, beat Brazil 2-1 and drew 2-2 with the U.S.
Real Madrid ousted from Champions League: Kings of Europe no more, Real Madrid’s Champions League reign is over.
After three consecutive European titles, Real Madrid unprecedented era of dominance ended with a whimper when the Spanish team was stunned 4-1 by Ajax in Madrid.
The humiliating loss meant Madrid was eliminated 5-3 on aggregate in the round of 16, leaving the club looking at a trophy-less season in its first season since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus.
Ajax, which is enjoying a resurgence thanks to young players like Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, needed less than 20 minutes to reverse a 2-1 deficit from the first leg, with Hakim Ziyech scoring in the seventh minute and David Neres in the 18th. Dusan Tadic, who set up both first-half goals, added to the lead in the 62nd, and Lasse Schone sealed the Dutch team’s triumph with a free kick from a tight angle in the 72nd.
In Tuesday’s other game, Tottenham won 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund to go through 4-0 on aggregate, reaching the quarterfinals.
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