HARTFORD- It was a beautiful night for soccer at Pratt and Whitney Stadium on Sunday as the United States Women’s National Team played their last friendly before heading off to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The conditions were a polar opposite of the pouring rain that the United States had to deal with in their friendly last Thursday which was also against Mexico.
Here is how the USWNT lined up to start the game.
Rose Lavelle entered the starting XI for Kristie Mewis, while Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd replaced Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan. This is Heath’s first start in 2021.
Kelley O’Hara also got her 140th cap while starting six of the last seven games for the USWNT. On top of that Massachusetts native, Samantha Mewis got her 77th cap.
The stars and stripes got off to a fast start scoring their first goal in under six minutes. Lloyd headed a ball forward and Lindsey Horan connected with the ball as cleanly as humanely possible. There was nothing Mexico’s goalkeeper, Itzel González to stop Horan from scoring her 22nd international goal.
Not long later in the 10th minute Crystal Dunn put on an absolute show on the left flank weaving through defenders and then sending a masterpiece of a cross to Carli Lloyd who headed the ball home to put the United States up 2-0.
Heath appeared to have scored what would have been a beautiful goal in the 37th minute but the ball rocketed off the crossbar and ended up leading to a Mexico own goal.
But just a few moments later, she would connect in the 39th minute and secure the 35th international goal of her career.
At half a slew of changes would come for the United States as Rapinoe, Morgan, and Kristie Mewis would come on for Lavelle, Lloyd, and Heath.
In the 68th minute, the United States would make more changes as Catarina Macario and Emily Sonnett came into the game for Sam Mewis and Dunn. Then in the 80th minute, Horan would come off for Tierna Davidson.
There weren’t as many fireworks for the USWNT in the second half as the stars and stripes failed to take advantage of any goal scoring opportunities. To Mexico’s credit, they looked better after halftime but once again failed to have the necessary ability in the final third to get the ball past Alyssa Naeher.
The next stop for the USWNT is Tokyo for the Olympics. Their spirits will be high after their performance on Sunday night.