The United States scored two victories from two goals until the start of 2021, with a pair of goalscorers for the first time scoring the match’s first and last goal.
He defeated the US Women’s National Team easily Colombia 6-0 Friday evening in Orlando, after Monday’s 4-0 win over the same opponent.
The two matches culminated in the team’s January camp, which mostly saw USWNT in full force try to convince coach Flatko Andonovsky ahead of the Olympic Games this summer in Tokyo (if the tournament continues).
Here are three of the biggest points from Friday’s game at Exploria Stadium.
Catarina Macario scores first USWNT goal
This week saw Katarina Macario make an appearance at USWNT, who by all accounts is poised to be the team’s next major star. The BrazilBorn striker He recently signed with Lyon, the European powerhouse Directly from Stanford University, she landed her international debut on Monday before scoring her first goal for the national team on Friday in the third minute.
“Kat is a different kind of player than I think we have ever had. She is a different number 9 than ever,” Megan Rapinoe said of the 21-year-old after Friday’s game. “She falls a little more, playing like a False Nine.
“ Physically, she’s really ready to be at this level and that’s a huge leap for a lot of people to go from college to that level to be physically competitive.
“You’re going to be one of those fun players that you’d love to see – someone who’s gonna impress the crowd, someone who’s going to come up with something creative or nutmeg.”
Sam Moyes takes off wounded
The United States was very alarmed when Sam Mewes collided with a Colombia defender midway through the second half. The Man City midfielder appeared to be in a lot of pain on the field after her left ankle rolled under her. She was able to slowly walk off the field under her strength before being seen on the bench with snow wrapped around her ankle.
Mewis was in great shape with USWNT and Man City. Rapinoe called her “the best player on our team now” after the match so any injury issue would be a major concern for the club and the country.
Andonowski said Moyes would be tested after the match, adding that her high pain threshold made it difficult to immediately determine her prognosis.
“It’s very strong and very tough,” said the USWNT coach. When we first asked [how she was] “I’m fine, I’m fine,” she said, but we run all the tests and follow all protocol to make sure she’s okay.
“It’s tough and we don’t know what” fine “means in her world. Soon we’ll know how she feels.”
Crystal Dunn and Midge Purce in the attack
Crystal Dunn and Midge Purce are both natural attackers taken on defense with the USWNT. Dunn, in particular, went from being a dynamic attacking midfielder to a very solid left-back who starred during USWNT’s career to the 2019 World Cup.
Fans were demanding both players have a chance to attack in favor of the United States and on Friday night, Andonovsky obligated. Pierce in particular grabbed the headlines by scoring her first goal in USWNT with a header from Carly Lloyd’s cross in the 86th minute.
“We know Midge is a good striker,” Andonowski said of a player who has been used mostly as a right-back with the national team.
“Obviously, we’ve seen something inside of her that might help us or help her become a good defender and we’ll keep working as we go forward. But when we need a striker, she’s clearly good enough and has shown that she can do a good job there.”
In Dunn, he added, “Kristal has to be the most versatile player on the field. I literally feel comfortable putting Kristal in any position on the field and I know she’ll fulfill the standard set.”