EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Alex Morgan scored the second of her two second-half goals in the 85th minute to give the United States a 2-2 tie with France on Thursday night in an exhibition game.
Making her second appearance in six days for the national team after a seventh-month layoff because of a stress fracture in her left ankle, Morgan scored for the first time in more than a year.
Morgan scored the tying goal off a rebound, beating goalkeeper Sara Bouhaddi.
"I feel like finally I am back and doing what I am supposed to be doing — scoring goals," Morgan said.
The U.S. star has 46 goals in 72 games for the national team. She returned to play Saturday night in the Americans' 1-0 victory over France in Tampa, Florida.
"I wasn't expecting a lot out of (Morgan) when I initially came in, but through the camps she's done well and in the games she's improved," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. "I am pleased for her, she's worked very hard to come back from this."
The United States was playing its second game since Ellis had the interim head coach tag lifted May 14. The U.S. will now go into its summer break before it resumes World Cup qualifying in October. It was without several starters Thursday including Abby Wambach and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
"We have wonderful talent, we don't have our full allotment of players here, but we have the pieces and I will enjoy putting it together," Ellis said.
France opened the scoring in the 27th minute on Louis Necib's penalty kick after U.S. keeper Ashlyn Harris was called for a foul on Necib after coming off her line to deflect the ball
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