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Tampa, Fla. • Hope Solo got her 71st career shutout, Sydney Leroux scored a first-half goal, and the United States women's team beat France 1-0 in a friendly Saturday night.
Solo made a nice save on Elodie Thomis early on, and got a break when Eugenie Le Sommer's shot hit the post 15 minutes before halftime. Solo tied Briana Scurry for the most shutouts by a U.S. goalkeeper.
Leroux scored her team-leading seventh goal this season from in-close in the 21st minute.
U.S. forward Abby Wambach, who has 167 career goals, was not in the lineup. Wambach hurt her left knee during a NWSL game earlier this month and is listed as day-to-day.
The match against France was the first for the U.S. team since Jill Ellis was promoted to head coach on May 16.
The Associated Press