Ertz caps late United States come­back in 4-3 win over Brazil

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SAN DIEGO — Julie Ertz came in off the bench and scored in the 89th minute and the United States over­came a late two-goal deficit to beat Brazil 4-3 on Sun­day night in the Tour­na­ment of Na­tions.

The United States was in dan­ger of los­ing for the fourth time this year be­fore the three-goal flurry in about nine min­utes.

Two min­utes af­ter Brazil’s An­dress­inha scored on a free kick in the 78th minute for her sec­ond goal of the game, Chris­ten Press coun­tered to make it 3-2 with her 43rd ca­reer goal and sec­ond of the year.

Press fed Megan Rapi­noe for a spec­tac­u­lar run­ning blast that tied it in the 85th minute, and Ertz put the Amer­i­cans ahead four min­utes later. Ertz is us­ing her mar­ried name af­ter play­ing as Julie John­ston.

Rapi­noe, who was re­cov­er­ing from knee surgery for much of last year, had not scored for the na­tional team since the 2015 World Cup. She has re­bounded this sea­son with the NWSL’s Seattle Reign and leads the league with 12 goals.

The United States was com­ing off a 1-0 loss to Aus­tralia in the team’s Tour­na­ment of Na­tions opener in Seattle on Thurs­day night. It was the first time that the Aus­tralians beat the Amer­i­cans 28 pre­vi­ous matches.

Coach Jill El­lis tin­kered with her lineup against

Brazil, sur­pris­ingly mov­ing Becky Sauer­brunn to a de­fen­sive mid­fielder role rather than her usual spot at cen­ter back.

The United States has never dropped four games on home soil in a sin­gle sea­son. In ad­di­tion to Aus­tralia on Thurs­day, the

Amer­i­cans fell to Eng­land and France in the She Be­lieves Cup in March.

The Amer­i­cans have won just four matches when they’ve al­lowed an op­po­nent three goals.

In Sun­day’s early game at Qual­comm Sta­dium, Sam Kerr scored three goals for her first in­ter­na­tional hat trick and the Aus­tralian women’s na­tional team beat Ja­pan


Kerr scored in the 10th, 14th and 43rd min­utes, cap­ping the trio of goals with a back­flip.

Aus­tralia, ranked No. 7 in the world, leads the tour­na­ment stand­ings. The Matil­das will wrap up the round-robin tour­na­ment against Brazil on Thurs­day in Car­son, Cal­i­for­nia. The United States will face Ja­pan.


USA de­fender Julie Ertz, cen­ter, re­acts af­ter scor­ing the go-ahead goal against Brazil dur­ing the sec­ond half.

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