USWNT defeats Russian Federation in second friendly match on Sunday
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 5:17
Becky Sauerbrunn has started all four games this year and is the only player to have played all 360 minutes.
The USWNT has not conceded a goal in a match played in Texas in any of their last 10 games played in the state, outscoring opponents 42-0 in those matches.
Megan Oyster subbed in for Kelley O'Hara in the 68', which pushed Krieger back into her usual RB position. O'Hara scored during the USA's last visit to Frisco, adding a goal in the USA's commanding 10-0 victory against Puerto Rico on February 15, 2016 during CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying.
Jill Ellis returned to a 4-4-2 to play Russian Federation instead of continuing to tinker with her 3-back formation. While they might be handed short run-outs, don't expect either to start. In her previous six outings, she played 90 minutes in five of them and 45 in one, most recently going 90 against France on March 7 at the SheBelieves Cup. Pugh's two assists were her first multi-assist game as a member of the women's national team. She detected an opening at the back post for her 38th-minute strike, tapping home a Meghan Klingenberg cross. Klingenberg's last game with the US was on September 18 against the Netherlands in Atlanta. She now has 20 goals in 49 career caps with the team. Mewis scored against Puerto Rico on February 15, 2016, during the WNT's last visit to Toyota Stadium during CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. She played all 90 minutes in her fourth start of 2017.
Carli Lloyd and Rose Lavelle also scored in the United States' dominant performance. Dunn also has played centrally as an attacking midfielder, and even filled in at center back at the University of North Carolina.
With the header mastered, Long just has to work on scoring with her feet. She scored once in each game against Costa Rica on Feb. 10, Mexico on Feb. 13 and Puerto Rico on Feb. 15.
After missing a penalty kick, Long made up for it a couple of minutes later with her second headed goal.
Allie Long's header eight minutes later after a Rose Lavelle corner found her in position near the right post doubled in the USA lead. Rose Lavelle obviously had an intense first half, emphasizing that her flashy debut against England was no fluke.
It also was a fine performance from Lavelle, who again put her technical prowess on full display after delivering a breakout performance Thursday.
With the NWSL season just a little over a week away, Lavelle's debut for the Boston Breakers will be drawing a lot more attention now.
Crystal Dunn takes credit for two of those goals, with Allie Long contributing the other.
Her finest touch came in the 37th a minute. She played 68 minutes tonight.
The Chelsea striker scored four goals over a pair of friendly wins against Russian Federation, staking her claim to a role up top. The goal marked Dunn's second career multi-goal game, with the first coming past year on February 15, also at Toyota Stadium. Pugh came off the bench in the 58th minute, replacing Dunn. In the 73rd minute, USWNT made three more substitutions - most notably Jane Campbell made her first appearance for the US when she came in for Ashlyn Harris. It was also Lavelle's third career start for the USA team, and she showed off her potential, dancing around multiple Russians several times in the box, drawing big reactions from the crowd.