Chester, Penn. ( Associated Press) — Rose Lavelle and Katrina Macario scored a goal each in the first half, and the US women’s national team beat Uzbekistan 9-0 on Tuesday to extend the team’s unbeaten streak to 67 games on American soil.
Trinity Rodman, who came in as a second-half substitute, scored his first international goal for the United States. The 2021 US Soccer Young Player of the Year is the daughter of former NBA player Denise Rodman.
Mallory Pugh, Midge Purse and Ashley Sanchez also scored for USA, starting the game with their youngest starting lineup since 2007 – an average of 24.98 years.
The US also defeated Uzbekistan 9-1 in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday to win the first match of the two-match series. Sophia Smith scored a hat-trick in the win.
The Americans have just one more international window in June to prepare for CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in July.
“I think we’re going to face teams that sit in fewer blocks in the qualifiers, so I think it’s a good test for him,” Lavelle said.
A goal just 25 seconds into the game gave the United States an early lead at Subaru Park, home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.
Macario, who played professionally for Lyon, scored in the 12th minute and in stoppage time of the first half. Lavelle scored in the 25th and 27th minutes.
Pugh scored in 14th place for his fifth international goal, helping America take a 6-0 lead at the break.
Rodman’s goal in the 71st came in his third appearance for the United States. Just 21, Rodman plays professionally for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League.
Puss and Sanchez scored late.
“I think the more time we get, the more fun it’s going to be and the more we’re able to connect,” LaValle said. “I think there are so many different people that we can go to, step into a big moment.”
Aubrey Kingsbury made her debut for the national team in goal. At 30, she is the oldest player in the history of the team to receive her first cap.
1 pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft by the San Diego Wave, Naomi Girma also made her debut for the United States. The starting lineup had an average cap of 21, and it was the first time since 2013 that a team did not start a player with 100 or more caps.
The US team was originally supposed to play a team from Asia for the international break, but that team had to drop out. The coronavirus and European World Cup qualifying made it difficult to find a new opponent.
Two legends, Becky Sorbrun and Megan Rapinoe, were dropped from the roster for two matches against Uzbekistan due to injuries. Julie Ertz recently announced that she was expecting her first child, and Crystal Dunn is pregnant as well.
Other veterans who were not with the team included Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Kristen Press as coach Wlatko Andonowski continued to push for young players in preparation for CONCACAF qualifying in Monterey, Mexico this July.
The Women’s World Cup is to be played in Australia and New Zealand next year.
The American team’s unbeaten streak on American soil includes 60 wins and seven draws.