By Paul D. Bowker | March 02, 2019, 8:28 p.m. (ET)

Tobin Heath carries the ball at the 2019 SheBelieves Cup match on March 2, 2019 in Nashville.


On a day when members of the U.S. women’s soccer national team wore names on their jerseys representing women who inspired them, the U.S. tied England in the second round of the SheBelieves Cup on Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tobin Heath, wearing the name of NBA broadcaster Doris Burke, scored a goal in the 67th minute to help the top-ranked U.S. team to a 2-2 tie at Nissan Stadium. It was the second consecutive tie for the U.S. in the SheBelieves Cup.

“Valuable lessons for sure,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said.

The U.S. has two points after ties against Japan and England, and trails Japan and England (each with four points) entering Tuesday’s final round of the tournament at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The U.S. faces Brazil in its final game while No. 4 England goes against No. 9 Japan.

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A win on Tuesday would give the U.S. another three points in the tournament standings. Ties are worth one point.

Megan Rapinoe, a two-time Olympian wearing the name of American writer and civil-rights activist Audre Lord on her jersey, scored the game’s first goal in the 33rd minute when she blocked an attempted clearing shot with her chest and then drilled the ball into the net from the left wing.

England tied the score just three minutes later when Stephanie Houghton hooked the ball in on a free kick. An illegal touch by U.S. goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, playing in her first international game, resulted in the free kick.

After England went ahead 2-1 in the second half on a goal by Nikita Parris, Heath, a three-time Olympian, got the equalizer for the U.S. following a corner kick. Heath finished off an intense scramble in the front of the net, knocking the ball off a British defender and into the net in the 67th minute.

Alex Morgan, a two-time Olympian who was wearing the name of retired U.S. star Abby Wambach on her jersey, nearly scored in the 79th minute, breaking loose and missing the net just high and wide left.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.