After the unpleasantness of the cancelled match in Hawaii the U.S. WNT resumed its World Cup Victory Tour with, what else, a victory, 6-0 over Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago were the scheduled opponent at the Aloha Bowl last Sunday and T&T made the trip to San Antonio for what was meant to be the second leg of a two game set.
The visitors participation was uncertain because the players hadn’t been paid, but according to the match broadcasters a loan from the U.S.S.F. smoothed things over and it was game on.
With several of the World Cup winning side heading into retirement U.S. WNT coach Jill Ellis has been using this Victory Tour to break in some new talent.
Crystal Dunn has seized her chance and will be hard to keep out of the Olympic 18 this summer. Thursday night in Texas another player made her case, PSG attacker Lindsey Horan.
Playing in central midfield rather than as a center forward, where she has made her name, Horan was a hit, spraying long, defense splitting passes all night, and picking up two assists as she makes a push of her own for a place in Rio.
The Americans carried a slim 1-0 lead into the intermission, the goal coming on a Carli Lloyd penalty kick conversion following a collision between Alex Morgan and T&T goalkeeper Kimika Forbes.
The call was harsh on Forbes, who stayed on the Alamodome turf for a couple of minutes, only to find the referee pointing to the spot when she arose.
Lloyd, whose World Cup exploits made this Victory Tour possible, converted in the 22nd minute for a 1-0 U.S. lead that held up until a 52nd minute strike from Morgan.
A hat trick from Christen Press, who entered the game on the hour mark, followed before Horan put a cherry on top of her evening with an added time blast for her first senior international goal.
Given the disarray that faced Trinidad and Tobago coming into this match against the World Champions, the visitors did well to hold the home team off for as long as they did.
But this game was never destined to be close and once the Yanks got rolling it was clear that the team’s remarkable streak of 103 home games without a loss would not be jeopardized on this evening.
Soon to retire superstar Abby Wambach entered the game for Carli Lloyd in the 76th minute, greeted as expected by rapturous applause from the San Antonio crowd.
Wambach did not get on the board, but no one seemed to mind. Wambach will be with the USWNT for the final two games of the Victory Tour, both against China, so if you want to bid goodbye in person to the all time international goal scorer make your way to Glendale, Arizona on December 13, or head to the Superdome in New Orleans for the final match of Wambach’s brilliant career on December 16.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 5 6
TRI 0 0 0
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty) 22nd minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan) 52
USA – Christen Press (Carli Lloyd) 61
USA – Christen Press (Ali Krieger) 75
USA – Christen Press (Lindsey Horan) 84
USA – Lindsey Horan (Stephanie McCaffrey) 90+2
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara (26-Jaelene Hinkle, 46), 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 60); 14-Morgan Brian (27-Emily Sonnett, 68), 31-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (20-Abby Wambach, 76); 25-Crystal Dunn, 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 60), 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 60)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 29-Samantha Mewis, 30-Rose Lavelle, 32-Danielle Colaprico
Head coach: Jill Ellis
TRI: 1-Kimika Forbes (21-Saundra Baron, 76); 4-Danielle Blair, 5-Arin King (capt.), 6-Khadidra Debesette (13-Janice Johnson, 82), 10-Tasha St. Louis, 11-Janine Francois (3-Mariah Shade, 72), 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 16-Brianna Ryce, 17-Victoria Swift, 19-Kennya Cordner, 20-Lauryn Hutchinson (8-Patrice Superville, 16, (2-Nia Walcott, 65))
Subs Not Used: 18-Kenedie St. Mary
Head coach: Randy Waldrum
Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 29 / 1
Shots on Goal: 17 / 1
Saves: 1 / 11
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 5 / 0
TRI – Kennya Cordner (caution) 19th minute
TRI – Tasha St. Louis (caution) 28