The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) has started their double header in Texas well as they managed a 4-0 win over Russia at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on Thursday night.
A sell-out crowd of 15,191 attended the match in Frisco with Crystal Dunn and Allie Long both scoring braces in the big win. It was a much needed confidence boost for the USWNT after a disappointing performance in the She Believes Cup.
Expecting a big win, the Americans started the match well, peppering the Russian goal in the opening five minutes of the match. It was only a matter of time before the United States opened the scoring and it came in the 10th minute. Carli Lloyd sent a perfect ball to Crystal Dunn out on the left of the box, allowing Dunn to use her pace and beat the defense, before sending a shot across the face and in to the bottom of the net.
Just eight minutes later the USWNT doubled their lead, giving hints that the score could become a landslide. This goal came from a set piece as Rose Lavelle sent in a corner from the right to the near post, Allie Long was able to just get ahead of her marker and leap the highest to head home the second.
The Russians had a stronger defense after those two early goals but they couldn’t hold out forever and a long ball opened up the Russian defense just before half-time. A Russian defender actually controlled the ball first but Dunn stripped the ball and then copied her play from 10 minutes in as she shot across the face and saw her effort hit the back of the net, the second time she scored a brace for the United States, both times coming in Frisco.
It was a better second half from the Russians but the United States were the much stronger side throughout. They finally hit their fourth goal in the 70th minute when Becky Sauerbrunn was able to gather a ball at the top of the box and then square for Mallory Pugh who crossed it with her first touch for Allie Long who headed the ball in to the back of the net after a good run to get past her defenders and seal the 4-0 win.