The USA girls’s nationwide crew was again on the pitch Thursday within the first of a bevy of friendlies main as much as their quest to reclaim an Olympic medal following a brutal efficiency at Rio 2016.
There’s a distinct coach on board now and Vlatko Andonovski stays unbeaten as USWNT boss as his file nears 20 matches with only one draw, however this one was dangerously near becoming a member of an April 10 draw away to Sweden as a uncommon non-win on his ledger.
It was neither for lack of making an attempt nor concepts, both; The Yanks took 26 photographs to Portugal’s 4 in a 1-0 win in Houston, placing 10 heading in the right direction and taking 15 corners to the guests’ one.
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However the match was inside its ultimate quarter-hour when North Carolina Braveness midfielder Sam Mewis thumped a close-range header residence within the 76th minute, giving the ex-Man Metropolis participant a twenty first worldwide aim.
The USWNT stays a tricky lineup to crack, so each efficiency issues for gamers who wish to make the crew for the Tokyo Video games. Andonovski began Alyssa Naeher behind a 4-3-3 of Kelley O’Hara, Abby Dahlkemper, Becky Sauerbrunn, Crystal Dunn, Rose Lavelle, Mewis, Christen Press, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe.
Carli Lloyd, Emily Sonnett, and Sophia Smith entered within the 73rd minute for Morgan, O’Hara, and Rapinoe. Tierna Davidson and Lynn Williams appeared later within the contest.
Subsequent up is Jamaica on Sunday earlier than a Wednesday go to from Nigeria. A pair of vacation fixtures with Mexico on July 1 and 5 are the ultimate warm-ups earlier than the Olympic group stage begins with Sweden on July 21. The Yanks can even meet New Zealand and Australia in group play.
USWNT breaks via late as Mewis powers win over Portugal initially appeared on NBCSports.com