The US Women's National Team remained perfect at the 2019 Women's World Cup beating Chile 3-0 on Sunday, with a familiar face in mind. heWe saw in the 13-0 win against Thailand in the opening match, but against a more formidable opponent, Carli Lloyd began the attack for Alex Morgan and scored two goals. That could have been more after several failed attempts, including a penalty kick, but three was ample, Julie Ertz adding the other.
Here are three takeaways from the match:
The refined range works for the United States.
Jill Ellis always went with a 4-3-3 butfrom the open. The three leaders of Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath have been replaced by Christen Press, Carli Lloyd and Mallory Pugh. There has not been a huge drop, despite 10 goals less in this game. The Americans were strong in attack and could have scored seven or eight goals without the safeguard of Christiane Endler (Chile).
Lloyd's first goal was a brilliant shot from the opposite side of the goal that turned out to be the winner:
And Ertz did a magnificent job on his goal of taking the lead from the pole to go home:
Three goals, 26 shots and 72% possession of the ball, mainly with reserves. Not a bad display.
Lloyd cementing his legendary status
Lloyd scored in her sixth consecutive Women's World Cup game here with her two goals,. It could have been more, but the 36-year-old woman proved that she could still contribute immensely.
In addition to the goals, she was keen. She chained goals on two headers, she hit the post several times and she even had a cheeky pass to send Christen Press through which almost ended in a goal.
The defense remained cool
The United States will be put to the test against Sweden, but as Chile did not score a goal, one has to wonder how the team will be defensive against a high-level opponent on their next outing. On the plus side, it was a physical game that forced the United States to defend a lot of shots that they handled without problem. They have to be tested a bit more during the match, but there is no reason to think that this team will not be ready. Crystal Dunn and Kelley O & # 39; Hara were both able to rest and the defensive duo consisting of Becky Sauerbrunn and Abby Dahlkemper did not even allow a furtive glance, much less a golden chance.
You can watch the US match Thursday-Sweden on fuboTV (Free Trial).