American women – entered the unbeaten match in their last eight matches. they kicked off a series of games to see them off on Sunday afternoon with a solid 3-0 victory over their cross-border rival Mexico.
Tobin Heath – playing again in front of her crowd – opened the score right after 11 minutes after a few minutes of high press from American women.
A poor clearance from Mexican goalkeeper Mexico, Cecilia Santiago, fell at Heath’s feet. with quick footsteps taking her around a defender and the ball into the net.
The defending World Cup champions went on to a 2-0 match in a series of seeoffs after beating New Zealand and South Africa earlier this month.
Coach Jill Ellis, who made some unexpected changes at halftime by moving many players into different defensive positions. He said the match helped the team check some boxes in the adjustment and tinkering tactics before coming to Europe.
At halftime, Ellis switched some attacking midfield players into a more defensive role in the backline. She said that they are planned changes that show the depth and flexibility of the team.
Mexican goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago dives in a shot of US striker Megan Rapinoe. The shot goes wide of the target.
The substitutions in the second half made a big impact with Carli Lloyd. She had knocking out Mallory Pugh, to double the gap at 76 minutes. Lloyd, who almost scored a goal in the minute Monday before it was recalled for offside, will attend her fourth Women’s World Cup.
Their group matches are expected to continue on June 16 against Chile and then on June 20 against longtime rivals Sweden. American women travel to France this week for a month-long World Cup tournament. The defending champions seek to make the titles almost impossible to return and will face Thailand.