MICHAEL ADUBATO - Sunday, January 24, 2021
For the second time in a few days, the U.S. women's national team played and soundly defeated Colombia at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida, on Friday night.
Following up their earlier 4-0, the American women were even more aggressive in front of the goal and came away with the victory behind a Meagan Rapinoe brace.
The four-time World Cup winners got the scoring underway in only the third minute when Catarina Macario became the first-ever naturalized citizen to play for and now score for the national team. Alexandra Krieger's cross from the right flank easily picked out the Stanford University alumni, who easily found the back of the net from six yards out.
Las Chicas Superpoderosas kept the Americans out of their goal for the next half hour but that ended in the 35th minute when Rapinoe scored from just inside the 18-yard box with the help of a defensive deflection that gave keeper Sandra Sepúlveda no chance to make the save.
The half ended with the USA up 3-0 as Rapinoe was at it again; this time from the penalty spot. Awaiting the corner kick, Samantha Mewis was tackled in the box, setting up the penalty kick that the California girl tucked into the right-hand corner.
Lynne Williams was the first to strike after the intermission when she out jumped her marker at the far post after the cross from Mewis picked her out for her 10th national team goal.
Lindsey Horan came off the bench in the 63rd minute replacing Rose Lavelle and ten minutes later she was celebrating her 20th international strike. The goal came from a corner that she was able to tuck away with a nice flick from close range.
As time was running out with Colombia having no replies to the Americans' relentless attacks, the ladies had one last goal in them and this came just four minutes before the clock struck 90 minutes. Margaret Williams-Purce, a relative newcomer to the team, joined in on the action and found herself in the right place at the right time to nod in her first-ever USA goal.
The Americans have not lost a game in over two years and are currently on a 13-game winning streak. In their last 34 games, they have 31 wins along with three ties.
This was their last friendly game before next month's SheBelieves Cup where they'll face Canada, Brazil, and Japan.