It was the same story, but wetter, and with double the goals. In a rematch of Saturday's 1-1 draw between the United States and Germany, the two sides again finished even, this time in East Hartford, Connecticut, and this time with a 2-2 final score. Abby Wambach and Tobin Heath scored for the U.S., while Dzenifer Marozsan had a brace for the visitors in front of the 18,870 people that packed Rentschler Field despite the heavy rain.
Both sides traded shaky defensive moments in the early going, with Shannon Boxx almost scoring for the U.S. in the 10th minute. Boxx got on the end of a Megan Rapinoe corner kick but sent her header just wide of the back post.
After Boxx's chance Germany began to pressure more, finding holes in the U.S. defense and sending a few shots wide. The U.S. meanwhile, wasn't able to get much going past midfield.
Momentum shifted again through the final 15 minutes of the half, with the U.S. starting to get the better of the chances. In the 31st minute Wambach took a low shot that German keeper Nadine Angerer was able to stretch and reach.
The U.S. finally broke the deadlock a minute before the halftime break, with Abby Wambach netting the 148th goal of her career to give the home side the 1-0 lead. A low shot from Alex Morgan was deflected by a German defender and came right to Wambach, who was able to head the ball past the wrong-footed Angerer. Wambach is now just ten goals off the all-time record of 158 held by Mia Hamm.
The U.S.'s lead didn't last long though. With a persistent rain falling through much of the pre-game and first half, the field conditions were less than ideal when play resumed for the second frame. Just three minutes in, Germany equalized courtesy of Dzenifer Marozsan. Christie Rampone slipped while trying to make a routine clearance and lost the ball to the German forward, who took a few touches before easily beating Solo to knot things at one.
The U.S. nearly took the lead back on a similar play to the one Marozsan scored on. In the 59th minute Wambach got on the end of a misplayed German clearance and tried to chip Angerer, but the close-range shot went right into the keeper's hands.
The game looked destined to end with the same 1-1 score line that the two sides played to on Saturday night, with each team unable to build many worthwhile chances. But Alex Morgan had other plans. Just like on Wambach's first half tally - as well as the one the U.S. scored on Saturday - it was a Morgan cross pulling Angerer out of position that led to the goal. This time Morgan brought the ball to the end line before firing a cross back through the box. Tobin Heath was waiting unmarked near the 18 and fired a shot back towards goal, giving the U.S. the lead for the second time. Heath's 67th minute strike was her fourth goal of the year, and just the seventh of her career.
Down by a goal, and with the rain letting up and time running out, Germany started applying more pressure to U.S. That pressure paid off in the 85th minute, when Linda Bresonik was able to split the U.S. defense and feed Marozsan, who fired a hard shot from well beyond the 18 past Solo and into the side netting.
Both sides looked for the winner, but the last five minutes were without another goal, leaving things to end just as they did on Saturday, with the score this time knotted at two instead of one.
The win extends the USWNT's unbeaten streak to 18 games, with the team last losing to Japan at the Algarve Cup in March. The Fan Celebration Tour continues against the Republic of Ireland on November 28th at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Oregon.