The United States and South Africa faced each other at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati. This was the farewell to Julie Ertz, who decided to give up her career as a USMNT soccer player. The game ended 3-0 with a brace from Lynn Williams and another goal from Trinity Rodman.
The five keys to the USA vs. South Africa game that saw Julie Ertz fired by the USWNT
She went as captain
Surprisingly, Julie Ertz was substituted in the 36th minute, since it was her farewell party we thought we would at least see her play the entire first half, however she was very dangerous during the time she was on the field Attack played and almost scored a goal. Today she took the field as captain.
The United States was eliminated within 2 minutes
Lynn Williams was responsible for breaking the deadlock after a great effort from Julie Ertz, who won everything through the air, and was responsible for opening the score in the 32nd minute, although there was some controversy as the South Africans argued that the ball did not completely cross the goal line.
Two minutes later, Rodman joined the party, making it 2-0 and ending the tie after a great team game from the USWNT.
With a little luck, Lynn Williams signed her brace, because again from a corner she finally found a ball in the six-yard box and only had to control the goal to score her second goal to make it 3-0.
Set piece, key piece
The USWNT found their best attacking opportunities through set pieces, as they won virtually every cross they sent; two of them ended in goals.
Solidity to attack
Although the first half began somewhat evenly in terms of the number of newcomers, the United States national team took advantage of their chances to win the game, which meant the farewell of Julie Ertz. They scored two goals from set pieces and another was a great goal due to the great collective play they managed.