Welwyn Garden City's Alex Scott gets 118th cap in England women's friendly defeat to USA at Stadium MK
PUBLISHED: 10:40 14 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:36 16 February 2015
Welwyn Garden City's Alex Scott played the full 90 minutes as England's women were robbed of what would have been a morale-boosting friendly draw with USA at Stadium MK on Friday night.
The States’ Alex Morgan gave her side the lead in the 25th minute, rising highest to nod home a Lauren Holiday cross. No more than the USA deserved after camping in the hosts’ half for most of the opening exchanges.
Things could have got worse moments later for Mark Sampson’s England, had Holiday’s long-range free-kick had a tad more power, but keeper Karen Bardsley was equal to the task.
The Three Lions’ rallied to the break just one goal behind and returned rejuvenated at the start of the second half.
More dynamism led Scott and her team-mates to believe they had forged the equaliser.
Fran Kirby’s vicious shot from outside the box was tipped onto the bar by USA custodian Ashlyn Harris.
Quick as a flash, Jodie Taylor was on hand to tuck away the rebound but was adjudged offside when television replays revealed the opposite.
Deprived of a perfectly legitimate goal, the home side battled but could not muster anything as tangible as Taylor’s effort in the final 30 minutes.
Instead the Stars and Stripes, ranked two in the world behind Germany - who beat England 3-0 at Wembley last November, almost had a defining second.
Christen Press’ 79th minute effort from just inside the box was nobly blocked by more staunch home defending.
Not the result the Three Lions were particularly looking for in their final game on home soil before June’s FIFA World Cup kicks off, but something to build on.
Next stop Southeast Europe for the Cyprus Cup next month, a tournament England have triumphed in twice in the past few years.