Franch earned her first cap due to starting goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher’s shoulder injury that happened against Japan in a 2-2 draw Wednesday at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.
As part of the SheBelieves tournament, U.S. players picked the name of a woman who inspired them to display on their jerseys in the game at Nissan Stadium. Franch picked Briana Scurry, who was the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. for the 1999 World Cup championship team and two Olympic gold medal teams in 1996 and 2004.
Megan Rapinoe gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute before Stephanie Houghton beat Franch by curling the the ball through a break in the defensive walls three minutes later.
Nikita Parris dropped a shot at the far post by Franch in the 52nd minute to give England a 2-1 lead. Tobin Heath tallied the equalizer in the 67th minute.
At OSU, Franch was a two-time All-American and named to the All-Big 12 first team in each of her four seasons. She holds the program record for shutouts at 38. As a professional, she has won the National Women’s Soccer League’s Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2017 and 2018 with the Portland Thorns and the league title in 2017.
U.S. head coach Jill Ellis could turn to Franch next week with Naeher expected to miss 7-10 days with the shoulder injury. The Americans face Brazil on Tuesday at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida. The game will air at 7 p.m. Central time on Fox Sports 1.