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USWNT keeps its unbeaten streak alive, cruising to a 2-0 victory over France

The motivation for the U.S. women’s national soccer team before the 2-0 victory over France in Tuesday’s friendly went well beyond beating one of the few foes on the planet that has given it fits through the years.

A mere 72 hours had passed since a subpar performance in Sweden, one that exposed weakness and jeopardized a two-year unbeaten streak, until Megan Rapinoe’s late equalizer.

There were also lingering memories of a humbling setback in this same French venue of Le Havre in January 2019, the last time the top-ranked Americans tasted defeat.

And above all else, there was the need to continue fine-tuning operations in pursuit of a fifth Olympic gold medal this summer in Tokyo.