USA Enjoys 3-0 Win Against Mexico In Final Match of Send-Off Series, Presented By Volpi Foods – U.S. Soccer

USA Enjoys 3-0 Win Against Mexico In Final Match of Send-Off Series, Presented By Volpi Foods - U.S. Soccer
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HARRISON, N.J. (May 26, 2019) – The U.S. Womens National Team closed out its three-game Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods, with a 3-0 win against neighbors Mexico before 26,332 fans at Red Bull Arena. Tobin Heaths 11th minute strike combined with second half goals from Mallory Pugh and Christen Press lifted the USA to victory in the teams final preparation match for the 2019 FIFA Womens World Cup, which kicks off on June 7 in France.

The USA dominated first half play, generating a 15-1 shot advantage, putting seven on goal. Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiagos early mistake gifted Heath the opportunity to score the opening goal, and she duly obliged after a bit of nifty footwork to beat her defender. Shortly after Heaths opener, Santiago faced down an Alex Morgan breakaway and came up with a big save. Morgan nearly scored on another golden opportunity but just missed applying the finishing touch to a perfectly placed Megan Rapinoe cross.

“Now is just time to focus on the World Cup and do what we do best, and that’s play soccer at a really high level and have success doing it,” she said. “We have been talking about how excited we are to get out of here – no offense to anyone – and we are ready to have that tightknit community within our team and just continue to build that chemistry.”

As the game marched toward half time, the U.S. forced Santiago into a pair of impressive saves. The first one on a header just before half and the second on a volley by Crystal Dunn in first half stoppage time.

After the break, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made five subs bringing on Press for Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd for Morgan, Lindsay Horan for Rose Lavelle, Pugh for Becky Sauerbrunn and Allie Long for Dunn.

“I think we created a lot of chances and I think the players will say that we can be sharper in the final pass – inside the 18,” Ellis told reporters during a post-match news conference. “This group creates a lot (of chances) and they’re very potent and I think, in time, we wear teams down.”

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The changes made an immediate impact as Lloyd rounded Santiago in the opening moments of the second half, but her shot was cleared off the line. While Mexico then carved out two half chances, the U.S. resumed where it had left off in the first half and was unlucky not to add a second in the 67th minute when Lloyd once again got around Santiago but was whistled offside as she deposited the ball in the vacated net.

The substitutes in the second half made quite the impact with Carli Lloyd, 36, teeing up Mallory Pugh, 21, to double the lead in the 76th minute. Lloyd, who nearly scored a goal herself minutes into the second half before it was called back for offside, is going into her fourth Women’s World Cup.

However, the USA would not be denied more goals on a day when they finished with a 25-3 shot advantage. On the second goal, Lloyd played provider as she beat a defender off the dribble and centered into a crowd of players in front of goal. Pugh met the pass and was able to drag the ball over the line in the 76th minute.

Press finished proceedings with her second strike of the year in the 88th minute. Julie Ertz slipped the ball to Press near the top of the box and she juked away from one defender before burying a low shot into the bottom right corner to cap the 3-0 win and an undefeated (3-0-0) Send-Off Series.

If the idea was to build confidence ahead of defending the world title they won in Canada four years ago, then the three-match send-off series that culminated with this victory over El Tri at Red Bull Arena — the Americans trounced New Zealand and South Africa earlier this month and didnt surrender a goal in those games, either — couldnt have gone much better.

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Up Next: The USA departs for the 2019 FIFA Womens World Cup on June 7 and will face Thailand in its opening Group F match on Tuesday, June 11 at Stade August-Delaune II in Reims (3 p.m. CT; FOX, Telemundo). The tournament that same day when the host nation France tackles South Korea. After its opening game, the USA plays Chile on June 16 at Parc des Princes in Paris (12 p.m. ET; FOX, Telemundo) before finishing group play against Sweden on June 20 at Stade Oceane in Le Havre (3 p.m. ET; FOX, Telemundo).

Only when Mexico began to wilt did the floodgates open; Pugh and Press scored inside the final quarter-hour, with Presss well-taken strike inside the far post arriving with just two minutes of the 90 to play. As good as the 3-0 result looks, though, theres no getting around the fact that this team can — and will need to — be much better.

USWNT beats Mexico 3-0 in final match before World Cup

Goal Scoring Rundown: USA – Tobin Heath, 11th minute: A giveaway by Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago resulted in Heath receiving the ball just outside the penalty area. She beat the last remaining defender one-v-one to open up space for a shot from the middle of the box and buried the ball in the lower right side of the net for her 30th career goal. USA 1, MEX 0 [WATCH]

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USA – Mallory Pugh (Carli Lloyd) 76th minute: Lloyd received the ball on the left side of the penalty area and beat her defender with a nice move to get free near the endline and center the ball into a crowd of players near the goal mouth. Pugh was on hand, jostling with a defender, and was able to poke the ball over the line near the left post for her 16th tally of her career. USA 2, MEX 0 [WATCH]

The USA had a brief scare in the 30th minute when star forward Alex Morgan was shaken up after a failed scoring attempt. The near-capacity crowd grew quiet as Morgan was on the ground, but she quickly got back up and stayed in the game before being subbed out at halftime. Midfielder Julie Ertz also was shaken up in the second half, but she stayed on as well.

USA – Christen Press (Julie Ertz), 88th minute: The U.S. advanced the ball into the box, where Ertz played back to the top for Press, who fooled her defender with a nice faint to open up space for a shot across her body into the lower right corner of the net. USA 3, MEX 0 [WATCH] FINAL

The USA, the reigning World Cup champion, will open the tournament on Tuesday, June 11 against Thailand. The USA will also play Chile and Sweden in pool play. Sweden beat USA on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 Olympics. This will be the USAs eighth consecutive World Cup appearance. The World Cup opens June 7.

Match: U.S. Womens National Team vs. Mexico Date: May 26, 2019 Competition: International Friendly Venue: Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F USA                                 1          2          3                      MEX                                0          0         0

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USA – Tobin Heath                                                      11th minute

As the game progressed, the pace slowed down, but not too much. Mexico at times held the U.S. in midfield, but eventually the team once again pushed forward. Chances were in no short supply, with efforts from the usual stars. Mexican goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago was up for the task, though, demonstrating that on a 42nd-minute save of a close-range Crystal Dunn attempt.

USA – Mallory Pugh (Carli Lloyd)                                76

The U.S. spent the majority of the opening 10 minutes in the final third, frequently launching quick attacking plays. The reward came in the 11th minute, when Heath made her way into the penalty area chasing a loose ball. After easily getting around defender Rebecca Bernal, Heath finished from close range.

USA – Christen Press (Julie Ertz)                                88                                                                                   

USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley OHara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (2-Mallory Pugh, 46), 19-Crystal Dunn (20-Allie Long, 46); 8-Julie Ertz, 3-Samantha Mewis, 16-Rose Lavelle (9-Lindsey Horan, 46); 17-Tobin Heath (14-Emily Sonnett, 71), 13-Alex Morgan (capt.) (10-Carli Lloyd, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe (23-Christen Press, 46)

Though Dunn is familiar with Times Square, she isnt with the World Cup. This will be her first, after being the last woman cut four years ago. Another making her debut is Lindsey Horan, a playmaker whose Portland Thorns have their own rabid following. But, as the Times Square show proved, a World Cup is like nothing else.

Substitutes not used: 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Adrianna Franch, 6-Morgan Brian, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Tierna Davidson, 22-Jessica McDonald

On Friday, all 23 World Cup players were guests of honor on Good Morning America at the shows Central Park concert stage. They then went to Twitters Manhattan office to meet a Super Bowl media day-style swarm of cameras and interviewers.

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MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago (capt.); 2-Kenti Robles, 13-Arianna Romero (3-Jocelyn Orejel, 89), 4-Rebeca Bernal, 5-Jimena López; 7-Daniela Espinosa (18-Alexia Delgado, 90+1), 6-Karla Nieto, 11-Lizbeth Ovalle (17-Yamilé Franco, 63), 8-Joana Robles (14-Belén Cruz, 85), 10-Katty Martinez (20-Dinora Garza, 85), 9-Kiana Palacios (19-Andrea Sánchez, 82)

The night before, longtime sponsor Nike surprised the squad with an open-top bus ride across town that ended in Times Square. Thousands cheered as the landmarks canyon of digital billboards lit up with players names and faces.

MEX – Kenti Robles (caution)                                        38th minute

4th Official: Miranda Cibeles (SLV)                                                                                                                                               

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