By Harry Awurumibe, Africa’s No.1 Women’sFootball Journalist
Two weeks after defeating Nigeria 2-0 in the Summer Series finale in Austin, Texas, reigning World Champions, United States Women National Team (USWNT) continue their unbeaten run with an emphatic 4-0 win over Mexico in their Send-Off Series international friendly match on Friday, July 2, 2021, at Rentschler Field, East Hartford.
Mewis Sisters, Kristie, and Samantha combined for America’s first goal in the 21st minute with the former assisting the latter for the first goal of the game and in the 39th minute, Megan Rapinoe set up Christen Press for USWNT’s second goal.
Alex Morgan’s pass to Tobin Heath in the 74th minute produced the third goal while Christen Press scored the fourth goal in the 85th minute off an assist from Tierna Davidson.
The Americans will play the same opponent on July 5 in what will be the final pre-tournament match, before traveling to Tokyo for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan where they will meet Australia, Sweden, and New Zealand in the group stage.
USWNT has been playing an average of one match par month since this year ahead the Team USA participation in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher (18-Adrianna Franch, 46); 2-Crystal Dunn (12-Tierna Davidson, 78), 17-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Capt.), 5-Kelley O’Hara (14-Emily Sonnett, 73); 9-Lindsey Horan, 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Kristie Mewis (19-Catarina Macario, 73); 11-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan (10-Carli Lloyd, 78), 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Tobin Heath, 73)
Substitutes not used: 16-Rose Lavelle
Head coach: Vlatko AndonLine-up
MEXICO: 1-Emily Alvarado; 5-Jimena López (18-Dania Pérez, 83), 2-Bianca Sierra, 3-Karina Rodríguez, 4-Jocelyn Orejel; 7-Daniela Espinosa (17-Lizbeth Ovalle, 57), 16-Nancy Antonio, 6-Rebeca Bernal (13-Reyna Reyes, 78), 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-María Sánchez; 9-Kiana Palacios (19-Katty Martínez, 73)
Substitutes notused: 8-Belén Cruz, 12-Itzel González, 14-Christina Ferral, 15-Nicole Soto, 20-Alison González, 21-Diana García
Head coach: Mónica Vergara
Statistic Summary: USA / MEXICO
Shots: 29 / 5
Shots on Goal:7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 5 / 3
Offside: 1 / 0