Taeguk Ladies draw 1-1 with U.S.Korea has held the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup champions - the United States - to a 1-1 draw in their second friendly meeting of the month.
Ji So-yun put the Taeguk Ladies on the board first in the 34th minute at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, local time, only to be tied up by Carli Lloyd’s goal for the hosts three minutes later. Korea then held on for the draw despite some last-minute American pressure.
Korea remained winless against the Americans with 3 draws and 10 losses. This was the first of the 3 draws in which Korea scored the first goal.
The draw halted the U.S. international winning streak at 17 and their clean sheet streak at five.
Korea had dropped the first friendly against the United States 2-0 last Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ji, Korea’s all-time leading scorer, opened the scoring with her 55th career goal and her first against the United States, with a 34th-minute shot that sailed just past the outstretched hands of the American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.
Lloyd evened the score in the 37th with a header off Megan Rapinoe’s long pass.
Korea played the final 10 minutes of the match one player down, after Son Hwa-yeon was sent off with a red card, but managed to survive a furious American charge.
Lloyd had a potential winning goal called back in the 93rd minute because she was ruled offside. Late in stoppage time, Mallory Pugh had a shot deflect off hands of goalkeeper Kim Min-jung and off the crossbar.
This was the final match for the retiring U.S. coach Jill Ellis after five-plus years leading the top women’s team.
According to The Associated Press, 33,027 fans attended the match at Soldier Field, the third-largest crowd on the American team’s post-World Cup victory tour.
The Korean women’s football team will be arriving back in Korea this afternoon.
The players will be called up for the national team at the end of November as the women’s team will be competing at the 2019 East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Football Championship, starting in December. This year, the tournament will be held in Busan and South Korea will compete for the title against Japan, China and North Korea.
The EAFF E-1 Football Championship will be held from Dec. 10 to 18.