a defeat to France in January 2019 that itself ended a 28-game unbeaten run — and as it quickly warms to Andonovski’s methods, tactics and lineup preferences, the team is a heavy favorite to regain its Olympic title in Tokyo this summer. It has scored 28 goals this year. It has yet to allow a single one.
But to midfielder Megan Rapinoe, Sunday’s close win, one in which the team had to pry open a tight defense to produce its winning goal, may prove more valuable than the easy ones that came before it. “This was not a great performance by us; I’m sure we’ll have a lot of film to watch, and things we can work on,” Rapinoe said. “But I think these performances are always better and more telling than if we go out and smash teams.”