Soccer-wise talking, today it was MLS Soccer Sunday in the US, but despite the men's league's opening day, Nashville's residents still crowded into the Nissan Stadium to witness a dramatic victory for the USA over France, to top the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, with one match left against Germany in what it could be a tournament's decider. Alex Morgan grabbed the winner, sending the home fans wild.
Sauerbrunn's honour as exciting as the first half got
Prior the game, Becky Sauerbrunn was honoured for her 100th cap reached earlier this year in a pre-game ceremony, wearing also the captain's arm-band.
The US started the match strongly and had several opportunities to break the deadlock in the initial minutes through 17-year old Mallory Pugh, Kelley O'Hara and also Alex Morgan - but they could not direct their efforts into the net.
Hope Solo stars
As time went by, however, it was the French who started to conquer inches on the field and they almost forged ahead through Le Sommer, but she could not capitalise on a Louisa Necib's through ball. However, it was Hope Solo who stole the show few minutes later with a couple of spectacular saves.
First, Necib's shot was deflected over the cross bar and from the rebound, France's number nine, Le Sommer, had the easiest of tasks to net in but Solo pulled a rabbit from a hat to produce a sensational save. Late harmless efforts from Morgan and Pugh ended the first half at 0-0.
Both teams started the second half on a high note, with Marie-Laure Delie targeting a header that was well saved by Solo while youngster Pugh had effort which went inches wide. New faces started to introduce themselves into the match without ever reducing the tempo of the affair.
Morgan grabs a late winner for the hosts
Delie went close to opening the scoring for France, but her whipped free kick came back off the cross bar. With the match heading towards a stalemate, Alex Morgan had other plans in her mind. A brilliant run from Pugh who, after recovering the ball in the midfield, delivered a delightful throughball onto Morgan's feet who without thinking twice, hit a low drive shot into the far post where Bouhaddi could not arrive, to seal the win for the home side.