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BULLETIN: Feb. 2, 2019 — USA 2, Argentina 2 (Argentina wins 3-1 in penalty shootout)

If you had to make “keys to the game,” for the United States’ FIH Pro League opener against Argentina, the list would have looked something like this:

  1. Let the young players create and make plays;
  2. First tackle, first foul, first goal;
  3. Get a point.

Consider all of them done.

The U.S. women’s national team, having been rebuilt after a 13th-place finish at last summer’s World Cup, went down to Cordoba, Argentina — during South American summertime, mind you — and came out with a point.

And there were opportunities for the points haul to have been two, as the States took a 2-0 lead into the interval with scores by Mackenzie Allessie (her second goal in three international caps) and Lauren Moyer.

The game also saw Kealsie Robles, late of Old Dominion, play splendidly in what was only her fourth international appearance at the senior level.

The road point keeps the United States off the bottom of the league table, albeit China, Team GB, and Germany have not yet played a match. But as crucial as the opener is for this new format for world play, the Americans may look at this match as the most noteworthy shootout loss in 99 years of international play, if this road point gets the States into the Pro League’s top four.

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