Carli Lloyd scored the first of two goals to help the United States defeat Chile on Sunday and after the first goal, she celebrated with a resounding golf shine.
This move was meant to be a message to critics who complained that the team had done too much with the celebrations in its historic 13-0 loss to Thailand a few days earlier.
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"I can not take credit for it. I do not know if Lindsey takes the credit, "said Lloyd after the 3-0 win over Chile. "She said that if we scored, that's what we're going to do, so I just did it after my little party. But it was fun. I think he's made a statement on the sidelines. It was cool. "
Where did Lloyd get his inspiration? American coach Jill Ellis assumed that it was from her husband, the professional golfer Brian Hollins.
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"I imagine that it was a jab at her husband," Ellis said.
Horan added that the team was determined to do "something different" during the match.
"We decided to do something different today," she said. "Handshakes were part of it. The golf shot was part of it.
Lloyd would score his second goal in the 35th minute of the match. Her first goal made her the first player to have scored six consecutive matches in the Women 's World Cup.
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While the United States have had a good way to go in the first two games, the real test begins Thursday when the Americans face Sweden. The winner of the match will win the group and will have momentum for the round of 16 of the tournament.
Associated Press contributed to this report.