The U.S. WNT cruised their way to victory in Sandy, Utah, defeating Mexico 8-0 in the first of a two-match series.
The first half belonged to dynamic duo Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach, who stretched the U.S. lead to 4-0 in just 45 minutes.
Both players would score braces, while Whitney Engen, Heather O’Reilly and Sydney Leroux added goals as well. Goalkeeper Hope Solo reached 72 shutouts, the magic number needed to break the all-time shut out record.
Mexico was not much of a threat throughout, and the U.S. was able to keep the ball in their possession easily. In the 12th minute they got on the board first, but it was by means of an own goal scored by Alina Garciamendez.
Shortly after, Morgan attacked. In the 23rd minute she received the ball and raced towards the box. It looked like a goal was imminent, but at the last minute the ball was knocked away from her. No matter though, because Wambach was there to finish the job, firing a solid shot in to put the U.S. up 2-0.
Morgan continued to make her presence known, intimidating the Mexican back line with numerous breakaways that saw the U.S. forward inch closer to a goal, but she was unable to put the ball away.
Then, in the 36th minute, her golden chance came. Morgan grabbed the ball in the box, going head on with the Mexican goalkeeper and lobbing her shot over and into the net to score the goal she had been looking for.
The final goal before the halftime whistle was put away just four minutes later, and of course, Morgan had a part in orchestrating the play. It came off another one of her speedy breakaways, blasting her shot across the box. The ball flew past the goalkeeper and a defender, and Wambach was there once more to knock it in and set the score 4-0.
The U.S. continued to crush the Mexicans in the second half, thwarting any chances for their North American neighbors. Morgan nabbed a brace in the 55th minute off a Lauren Holiday cross. Just three minutes later, Engen added yet another off a corner to set the score at 6-0.
The goals continued to rain down. In the 69th minute Sydney Leroux made it 7-0 following a corner form Holiday. Five minutes later, Morgan found herself in the box once more with the ball. She struck, but her deadly shot was deflected. O’Reilly was at the edge of the box to send a left footed shot to the back of the net to seal the win 8-0.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 4 8
MEX 0 0 0
USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez) 12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan) 23
USA – Alex Morgan 36
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan) 41
USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press) 56
USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press) 58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday) 71
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan) 75
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 25 / 8
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution) 64th minute