EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) – Tobin Heath scored her second goal in as many games and the United States beat Mexico 4-0 on Monday in the last U.S. women’s game before the Olympics.
The United States are unbeaten in 44 straight games, the second longest unbeaten streak in team history. The Americans also extended their winning streak against Mexico to 15 games and improved to 39-1-1 on aggregate. America’s only loss in the series came in a 2010 World Cup qualifier.
USA coach Vlatko Andonovski continued to polish his rosters ahead of the Olympics later this month. The four-time gold medalist USA aim to become the first team to follow a World Cup title with an Olympic gold medal.
âI feel great,â Andonovski said. “Very excited about the trip. Obviously I feel like we are ready. I feel like we are moving in the right direction and slowly but surely completing all the tasks necessary to be fully prepared for the Olympics. . ”
Heath started after coming off the bench and scoring in the United States‘ first farewell game against Mexico on Thursday, which the Americans also won 4-0. She hadn’t played for six months due to an injury.
Carli Lloyd started Monday in place of Alex Morgan, and midfielder Rose Lavelle got the go-ahead while Kristie Mewis and Megan Rapinoe were available on the bench.
Rapinoe, Mewis and Morgan all started the second half.
The United States scored all of their goals in the first half. Horan scored on a volley in the sixth minute, followed by a diving header from Lloyd in the 11th.
âYou don’t know how often I work on volleys, these are my favorite shots to hit,â said Horan. âSo yeah, I was a little excited when this opportunity arose. Thank goodness I didn’t miss it.
After an own goal in the 37th minute, Heath scored in the 39th.
âThe energy is really high, the environment is really great,â said defender Becky Sauerbrunn. âThe form on the pitch, I think there are still things that we are just fine-tuning, and for me it will always be a question of precision. But I think we made a lot of progress, especially in the last third, with that precision.
Horan was seen with ice on his knee, but Andonovski said after the game that was no problem.
The next step for the United States is the Tokyo Olympics. The Americans face Sweden – the team that knocked them out of the 2016 Games in the quarter-finals – to open the tournament on July 21.
The team will not have any scrum against other teams before the opening game due to COVID-19 protocols.
Julie Ertz, who did not play in the kickoff series due to a knee injury, should be available to play, Andonovski said.
Mexico did not make the 12-team field for the Tokyo Games.