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USWNT vs. England rewind: Spilling the tea on the rivalry

Alex Morgan of the USA celebrates after scoring her team's second goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 02, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The U.S. women’s national team is gearing up for its Oct. 7 friendly against England, with the Wembley Stadium fixture marking the latest chapter in a budding cross-pond rivalry.

Friday’s match will mark the 19th meeting between the USWNT and the Lionesses and the teams’ third matchup in England. Both of the previous games in England were held in 2011, with the teams splitting the results.

Twelve years later, the USWNT returns to England to take on a hot Lionesses squad, which is fresh off an inaugural Euros title under the leadership of new coach Sarina Wiegman.

“These are big tests for our team in front of crowds cheering against us and after long travel, but our players absolutely love games like these,” USWNT coach Andonovski said. “The group we are bringing to Europe includes players who have a lot of experience against top European teams and some that don’t, so these games are even more critical for our growth as our team. Our whole squad needs to get a clear picture of what these games are like as we continue to prepare for the World Cup.”

Rivalry rewind: Breaking down the USWNT’s five most recent meetings with England

1. SheBelieves Cup: March 5, 2020

USWNT 2, England 0

The United States and England most recently met at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, with the USWNT walking away with a shutout. Christen Press, who is currently injured, and Carli Loyd, who has since retired, found the back of the net for the USWNT in the match, bringing the crowd at Orlando’s Exploria Stadium to its feet.

The 2020 victory marked Andonovski’s first win over England as leader of the USWNT.

2. World Cup Semifinal: July 2, 2019

USWNT 2, England 1

The most recent high-profile meeting between the USWNT and England came in this 2019 World Cup semifinal clash. The USWNT walked away with a hard-fought victory in Lyon, France, advancing to the tournament final.

Press opened up scoring for the USWNT, with since-retired England star Ellen White responding ten minutes later to equalize.

Alex Morgan ultimately played hero for the USWNT, notching the go-ahead goal and celebrating her epic finish with a memorable tea-sipping celebration.

3. SheBelieves Cup: March 2, 2019

USWNT 2, England 2

The USWNT and England played to a 2-2 draw at Nissan Stadium during the 2019 iteration of the SheBelieves Cup.

Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath put away two finishes for the USWNT, while longtime Lionesses captain Steph Houghton and Nikita Parris scored for England.

Rapinoe is the only player who scored during the 2019 meeting that will be present at the 2022 fixture at Wembley.

4. SheBelieves Cup: March 7, 2018

USWNT 1, England 0

An own goal from England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley was the deciding factor in the USWNT’s 2018 victory over the Lionesses.

The 2018 SheBelieves Cup was a frustrating tournament for England, with the team struggling on defense, notching three own goals throughout the competition.

5. SheBelieves Cup: March 4, 2017

USWNT 0, England 1

This shutout stands as England’s most recent win over the USWNT.

The Lionesses broke the 0-0 deadlock in thrilling fashion, with White following a brilliant Lucy Bronze strike that ricocheted off the crossbar. The electrifying go-ahead finish came in the 89th minute, leaving the USWNT little time to respond.

The USWNT will take on England at Wembley Stadium at 3 p.m. ET Friday, Oct. 7. The match will air on Fox in the U.S.