It was the Rose Lavelle Show Thursday night as the U.S. WNT romped past Russia 4-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 15,191 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
The 21-year-old Boston Breakers rookie shows up on the scoresheet just once with an assist from a corner kick on the first of Allie Long’s two goals but Lavelle’s exuberant play was the talking point on a feel-good night for a U.S Women’s National Team in need of a pick me up following last month’s deflating last-place performance at the SheBelieves Cup.
With a new contract in place with U.S. Soccer and unburdened from the mysteries of the three back system, and the number one position in the FIFA rankings, the Americans outclassed the overmatched Russians from the start Thursday night with Crystal Dunn and Allie Long sharing the goal scoring duties evenly.
Long looked delighted to be sprung from the central defense role that she had been playing, operating far more effectively in her more familiar midfield role.
Mallory Pugh and Kelley O’Hara were others to shine on the night, their pace and creativity bedeviling the Russians all night long. Goals from Dunn in the 10th minute and Long eight minutes later, effectively ended this match as a contest and if not for Dunn’s penchant for wandering offside the U.S. output might well have been doubled.
These same two sides travel south to Houston for a Sunday afternoon rematch at BBVA Compass Stadium as the U.S. recovery tour continues.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
RUS 0 0 0
USA – Crystal Dunn (Carli Lloyd) 10th minute
USA – Allie Long (Rose Lavelle) 18
USA – Crystal Dunn 41
USA – Allie Long (Mallory Pugh) 70
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 2-Mallory Pugh (8-Amy Rodriguez, 80), 3-Samantha Mewis, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara (22-Megan Oyster, 68), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.)(13-Alex Morgan, 46), 14-Casey Short, 16-Rose Lavelle (15-Megan Rapinoe, 80), 19-Crystal Dunn (23-Christen Press, 64), 20-Allie Long
Subs not used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis
RUS: 12-Alena Belyaeva; 4-Tatiana Sheikina (22-Ksenia Kovalenko, 72), 6-Nadeshda Karpova, 8-Daria Makarenko, 9-Anna Cholovyaga, 10-Elena Terekhova (capt.)(17-Ekaterina Pantiukhina, 46), 11-Ekaterina Sochneva, 13-Anna Belomyttseva, 18-Elvira Ziiastinova, 20-Margarita Chernomyrdina, 23-Elena Morozova (15-Elena Danilova, 16)
Subs: 1-Tatiana Shcerbak, 2-Nelli Korovkina, 5-Ekaterina Lazareva, 16-Anastasiia Pozdeeva, 19-Ekaterina Morozova
Head coach: Elena Fomina
Stats Summary: USA / RUS
Shots: 33 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 16 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 19
Offside: 9 / 1
RUS – Elena Danilova (caution) 55th minute
RUS – Tatiana Sheikina (caution) 66
RUS – Anna Cholovyaga (caution) 74
USA – Christen Press (caution) 90