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USA 3 (Rapinoe 21, Wambach 51, Press 63) Scotland 1 (Grant 81)
Suzanne Grant marked her 100th Scotland appearance with her 12th international goal as Scotland were defeated 3-1 in Nashville in the second of their double header of friendlies.
Second half substitute Grant got on to the end of an Emma Mitchell cross to fire the ball past Hope Solo with nine minutes left to play, after the USA had opened up a three-goal lead.
World Player of the Year Abby Wambach also netted a second-half goal to mark her 200th appearance in front of a crowd of 14,442 at LP Field - a Tennessee record for a women's international match.
Scotland made a positive start after struggling to establish themselves in the first half of the opening match of the double header in Jacksonville last week, which ended in a 4-1 defeat. Jane Ross had an opportunity to open the scoring for Scotland in the fifth minute when she got on the end of a Kim Little cross, but she flicked the ball just over the bar. Leanne Ross had another early opportunity, this time from a Little corner, but her shot was well over.
At the other end, Jennifer Beattie had to clear the danger after a Sydney Leroux cross into the box, and Gemma Fay saved a Wambach header. Leanne Ross was flagged offside as she raced to meet another Little cross.
The opening goal came in the 21st minute when Megan Rapinoe curved a shot past Fay from the edge of the box.
USA carved out a few more chances as the half came to a close, with Beattie tackling Leroux at the edge of the box. Scorer Rapinoe sent a shot just wide, before Fay saved another Wambach header. At the other end, Leanne Ross was flagged offside again as Scotland pressed for the equaliser before half time.
USA came flying out of the traps in the second half, and it was Wambach who doubled the lead just six minutes in, heading in from a Leroux cross.
Goalkeeper Shannon Lynn, on at half time for Fay, made a great save with her feet from a close-range Leroux shot. Scotland had a great chance to pull one back immediately, but Hayley Lauder sent her low angled shot inches wide.
Lynn was called into action again as USA turned the screw, grabbing a dangerous Kelley O'Hara cross into the box, and again saving at point blank range from Leroux. Heather O'Reilly also had a great opportunity to extend the lead, but her shot just inched onto the top of the Scotland goal.
Christen Press, who scored a double in last week's match in Jacksonville, made an instant contribution when she replaced Wambach, grabbing the third the goal with just over an hour gone.
The deficit was almost reduced minutes later, as Whitney Engen came dangerously close to turning a Jane Ross cross into her own net.
Grant replaced Jo Love in the 76th minute to become the latest Scotland player to reach a cap milestone, with Little and Love hitting 75 and 125 respectively in last week's match. Her first contribution was to fire the ball past Solo from the edge of the box, after getting on to the end of an inch perfect Mitchell pass.
Rapinoe came close to grabbing another for USA to replicate last week's score in Jacksonville, but her fierce shot cracked the upright.
Scotland: Gemma Fay (sub Shannon Lynn 45mins), Rhonda Jones, Rachael Small, Eilish McSorley, Leanne Ross, Joanne Love (sub Suzanne Grant 76mins), Hayley Lauder (sub Joelle Murray 78mins), Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie (sub Frankie Brown 56mins), Jane Ross, Leanne Crichton (sub Emma Mitchell 66mins). Subs not used: Suzanne Malone, Lisa Evans.
USA: Hope Solo, Ali Krieger (sub Crystal Dunn 69mins), Whitney Engen, Rachel Buehler, Kelley O'Hara (sub Lori Lindsey 85mins), Heather O'Reilly, Shannon Boxx (sub Carli Lloyd 67mins), Lauren Cheney, Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux (sub Tobin Heath 81mins), Abby Wambach (sub Christen Press 60mins). Subs not used: Christie Rampone, Jillian Loyden.
(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
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