MICHAEL ADUBATO - Thursday, February 25, 2021
The US Women's National Team ended the SheBelieves Cup 2021 tournament last night against Argentina with a half dozen goals and another clean sheet as they claimed their fourth title.
After a pair of tough games and narrow victories against Canada (1-0) and Brazil (2-0), the floodgates opened last night against the team that couldn't put together a win over the three games. Megan Rapinoe struck twice, while Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Alex Morgan, and Christen Press also added to their goal tallies.
Rapinoe got things underway after just 16 minutes when Rose Lavelle played a ball through the middle for her and the California girl struck it past the Argentinian keeper from just inside the 18-yard box. Ten minutes later she did it again, with Carli Lloyd assisting this time. Lloyd then went from provider to goalscorer just beating the keeper to Kristen Mewis' cross on the six-yard line and tapped it in. It was also her 299th game for the USA. Mewis was then assisted by Casey Krueger a half dozen minutes later, sending Argentina to their locker room down by four goals.
The South Americans defended much better in the second half and it took until the 84th minute before the Yanks lit up the scoreboard again. This time it was Alex Morgan striking from just inside the box for her 108th team goal. Then from a free-kick, Press was left all alone for a headed goal a short distance out.
The American victory not only hands the ladies the Cup but can also boost their sixth clean sheet in a row. The MVP honors went to Rose Lavelle, with the Manchester City player shining brightly in all three games.
As there are still a few months left until the start of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the women will continue with their preparations to make sure they are game-ready for the tournament.