MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, February 22, 2021
Goals from Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe helped the U.S. Women's National Team to the shutout win over Brazil on Sunday as they moved atop the standings of the SheBelieves Cup.
The American women had another tough game last night, but just like they did last week against the Canadians, the World Cup champions came out of the 90 minutes with another victory in Orlando, Florida.
Lynn Williams had the first chance of the game when she charged inside the box with the ball at her feet and let loose a screamer headed towards the far post. Barbara between the Brazilian posts swatted it away however and the defense did the rest.
With the Americans piling pressure on their South American opponents, Rose Lavelle thought she had claimed another goal in the tournament but this time her shot, though hit extremely well, wouldn't stay inside the near post. Press then did what Press often does; she charged into the 18-yard box, put a move on her defender, and fired the ball into the far corner for her 59th goal in USA colors.
The USA was ruthless in their attacks throughout the 90 minutes but Brazil showed some defending skills and some luck, keeping themselves in the contest until the dying minutes of the game. It was then time for the Rapinoe show. The 35-year-old replaced the goal scorer, Press, in the 72nd minute, and in the 88th she was celebrating her 55th American goal. A ball into the box by Lindsey Horan was a 50/50 as to who would get a foot to it first, Rapinoe or the Brazilian defender but it was the California girl who won that contest and made sure of the three points.
In the other tournament game, Canada came out 1-0 winners against Argentina. The USA will face the winless Argentinians next, while Brazil and Canada go head-to-head in the final games of the SheBelieves Cup.