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USA vs. Colombia Women's Soccer: Score and Twitter Reaction for Sunday Friendly

USA vs. Colombia Women’s Soccer: Score and Twitter Reaction for Sunday Friendly

USA vs. Colombia Women's Soccer: Score and Twitter Reaction for Sunday Friendly

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Fresh from doling out a 7-0 beatdown to the same opponents in Connecticut on Wednesday, the United States women’s national team thumped Colombia again, this time winning, 3-0, at the Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania, on Sunday.  

Strikes from Christen Press and Julie Johnston rewarded a superb first-half display, before the latter completed her brace deep into the second half to wrap up the scoring.

Netting 10 times and keeping back-to-back clean sheets is solid preparation for the World Cup holders ahead of the Olympics.

It wasn’t until just after the half-hour mark that the USWNT finally converted their territorial dominance into a lead. The goal came from a well-fashioned move featuring Lindsey Horan teeing up Press to convert.

The U.S. Soccer YouTube channel provided a highlight of the smartly crafted goal:

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Portland Thorns coach Mark Parsons was suitably impressed with the contribution from one of his key players:

Then just two minutes before the break, Johnston ghosted in behind to meet a teasing free-kick whipped in by midfielder Tobin Heath. It was an emphatic finish from Johnston, even if FourFourTwo USA’s Jeff Kassouf felt the visitors’ were guilty of poor preparation:

The U.S. Soccer official YouTube channel relayed highlights of the clever delivery and equally shrewd finish:

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While the Chicago Red Stars defender may have been afforded too much space, there’s no denying Johnston’s natural threat in these situations, a fact supported by numbers from U.S. Soccer WNT:

A two-goal half-time lead was the minimum the hosts deserved for the way they simply overpowered Colombia early on. The pace of passing was quick, and the off-the-ball movement from Press and Co. consistently left markers chasing shadows.

Heath’s expertise in dead-ball situations had also proved a consistent menace, with more than a few deliveries causing havoc among the Colombian defence.

As for their own efforts going forward, the Colombians seemed to miss the creative verve of classic No. 10 Yoreli Rincon. Kassouf detailed exactly why the able playmaker wasn’t featuring:

Sub Kelley O’Hara was denied from close range with just over 20 minutes remaining, as the home side generally coasted through the second half. But it wasn’t just going through the motions that left the U.S. frustrated in front of goal.

Instead, 21-year-old goalkeeper Catalina Perez was really standing out, per Kassouf:

Skipper Carli Lloyd soon made way for defender Ali Krieger as the hosts seemed content to settle for what they had.

But any thoughts of settling were banished moments when Johnston got her second. Once again, she met a devilish set piece from Heath. That ended the scoring and capped a dominant two-game tilt from the World Cup holders.

Post-Match Reaction

Despite three more goals and another clean sheet, coach Jill Ellis was less than impressed by her players’ execution in the final third, according to Steven Goff of the Washington Post“Whether it was the entry ball into the box, whether it was the actual finish, those were the things I thought were off. At times, the decision was right; the technical execution was off a little bit.”

Goff also quoted Heath applauding two-goal hero Johnston: “J.J. matched up one on one with anyone banging to the near post, she is going to win that matchup. Just give her a good ball; she’ll do the rest.”

Midfielder Heath had filled in along the defence, something Ellis counts as important before the Olympics:

The USWNT weren’t as impressive as they were in Connecticut. But this still rates as another emphatic win for Ellis’ deep and talented squad. On this form, a strong campaign at the Olympics looks like a certainty.