The U.S. Women’s National Team completed its preparation for the upcoming 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship with a 4-0 victory against the World Cup-bound Chile on Tuesday night at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Sky Blue FC’s Carli Lloyd scored her ninth career brace, while Mallory Pugh and Tobin Heath converted a tally each.
The U.S. opened up scoring in the 34th minute after Pugh was brought down inside the penalty box. Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler saved Alex Morgan’s attempt, but Heath was first to the rebound near the left post and sent a quick cross to Pugh, who used her knee to knock it home from close range.
The USA doubled its lead five minutes later off a set piece that ended with Heath sliding into the ball and converting from close range. Abby Dahlkemper took a free kick from distance, and served the ball into the left side of the box. Morgan Brian was on the receiving end and headed a ball into the middle of the area, and Tierna Davidson nodded it on with her head towards the right. The ball landed into a perfect spot for Heath to slide and slam her shot off the underside of the crossbar down into the goal.
Carli Lloyd was subbed on for Pugh to start the second half, and Lloyd wasted no time scoring. Just 70 seconds in, she converted a diving header off a free kick from Heath to give the U.S. WNT a 3-0 lead. The goal makes Lloyd, 36, the second oldest player to score for the USA after Kristine Lilly, who scored at age 38.
Lloyd added one more tally in stoppage time give the USA a final 4-0 result. Lloyd stole the ball at midfield and carried it all the way to the Chile penalty area. Morgan made an opposite run to draw two defenders and help create a 1v1 for Lloyd. The New Jersey native was able to cut around her defender and slot home her second goal of the match.
The USA will look to earn a 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup berth as it begins Group A play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, which will be played from Oct. 4-17. The USA opens its qualifying schedule on Oct. 4 against Mexico (7:30 p.m. ET), faces Panama on Oct. 7 (5 p.m. ET) and then finishes group play against T&T on Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m. ET) with all three games being played at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
FOX Sports will show the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship across the FOX Sports family of networks. For viewers on the go, matches can be streamed live via FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app.
U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Chile
Date: September 4, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Weather: 70 degrees; Clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 2 4
CHI 0 0 0
USA - Mallory Pugh (Tobin Heath) 34th minute
USA - Tobin Heath (Tierna Davidson) 38
USA - Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath) 47
USA - Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn) 90+3
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 5-Kelley O’Hara (19-Crystal Dunn, 31), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Casey Short; 2-Julie Ertz (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 74), 16-Rose Lavelle (9-Lindsey Horan, 61), 25-McCall Zerboni (6-Morgan Brian, 5); 11-Mallory Pugh (10-Carli Lloyd, 46), 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 17-Tobin Heath (8-Amy Rodriguez, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis
CHI: 1-Christiane Endler; 2-Rocio Soto (15-Su Helen Galaz, 60), 3-Carla Guerrero, 4-Francisca Lara (16-Ana Gutierrez, 71), 6-Claudia Soto, 8-Karen Araya (21-Maria Jose Urrutia, 89), 10-Yanara Aedo, 11-Yesenia Lopez (19-Javiera Grez, 79), 13-Bárbara Santibáñez (20-Daniela Zamora, 46), 17-Geraldine Leyton, 18-Camila Saez
Subs not used: 12-Natalia Campos, 7-Maria Jose Rojas, 9-Maryorie Hernandez, 14-Fernanda Pinilla
Head coach: José Letelier
Stats Summary: USA / CHI
Shots: 24 / 4
Shots on Goal: 12 / 1
Saves: 1 / 8
Corner Kicks: 6 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 9
Offside: 5 / 2
Referee: Christina Unkel (First Half) / Karen Abt (Second Half) (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alicia Messer (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Brooke Mayo (USA)
4th Official: Karen Abt (First Half) / Christina Unkel (Second Half) (USA)