After a 4-0 win in their first match against Colombia earlier this week, the U.S. Women’s National Team is facing the young South American side again tonight. The game kicks off at 4 PM PT on ESPN2 and will stream on the ESPN platform.
OL Reign forward Megan Rapinoe earned an assist in the 4th minute of her first match in a little over 10 months, with a sneaky run into her favored spot on the left wing. Rapinoe went 45 minutes in the USWNT win. Midfielder Rose Lavelle, whose NWSL rights sit with the Reign but who is signed with Manchester City for the time being, came on in the 64th minute.
Too easy for @sammymewy— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 19, 2021
The @USWNT is off to a hot start in Orlando pic.twitter.com/HfeuZyIOKb
USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski indicated that there will be significant rotation for today’s match. Forwards Mal Pugh and Sophia Smith are out with mild injuries, which means Rapinoe is likely to get minutes — even if she doesn’t start.
Colombia is currently ranked 26th in the world and second in South America behind Brazil. Only eight players on Colombia’s roster have more than 20 caps. They brought nine teenagers to Florida for this two-game series.
Despite the scoreline in their earlier match, Colombia showed fight and potential. They tried to stay organized and remained committed defensively until the final whistle. The scoreline is even more impressive considering the women’s national team had to invest in a private flight to get to the game and had four players ruled out before the game due to COVID-19 protocols. Goalkeeper Sandra Sepúlveda was determined to keep Carli Lloyd off the scoresheet, blocking and saving a number of her shots.
While the USWNT were dominant in the match, Andonovski knows his team can be much, much better. The U.S. players have been practicing an aggressive press, something Reign fans are familiar with under Andonovski’s tenure. Andonovski also said he wants to see a more sophisticated attack, particularly in front of goal.
Rapinoe gets another start!
Tonight's Starting XI to take on Colombia!— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) January 22, 2021
vs. - 7pm ET on ESPN2
Lineup notes ≫ https://t.co/ZtBaleBIm2 pic.twitter.com/FcEIhtVjAy
Colombia lineup: Sandra Sepúlveda, Nancy Acosta, Daniela Arias, Jorelyn Carabalí, Carolina Arias, Ana Huertas, Jessica Caro, Orianica Velásquez, Daniela Montoya, Diana Ospina, Caralina Usme
Subs: Natalia Giraldo, Valentina Gonzalez, Kelly Ibarguen, Maria Camila Reyes, Kena Romero, Gisela Robledo, Ingrid Guerra, Manuela Pavi, Kelly Caicedo, Linda Caicedo, Liana Salazar
3’ - Goal, Catarina Macario! In her first start for the U.S.
Account = OPEN— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) January 23, 2021
3 minutes into her 2nd cap and in her 1st career start, @catarinamacario scores her 1st goal. pic.twitter.com/2pBvdrT0WD
35’ - Goal, Rapinoe! An awkward deflection, but a goal nonetheless.
All in a week's work— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) January 23, 2021
Monday - @mPinoe assist
Friday - @mPinoe goal pic.twitter.com/oTQfzOgfLd
44’ - Pinoe doesn’t miss PKs!
Death. Taxes. @mPinoe from the spot pic.twitter.com/D9cWSQaJJK— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) January 23, 2021
60’ - Lynn Williams makes it 4-0
Career goal No. for Fresno's finest @lynnraenie pic.twitter.com/TpuR7f2eYJ— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) January 23, 2021
73’ - Lindsey Horan puts the U.S. up 5-0 off a Crystal Dunn assist
Always there when you call. Always on time @LindseyHoran with her 20th goal finishing off the corner from @Cdunn19! pic.twitter.com/SmPwbCTwjW— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) January 23, 2021
86’ - Midge Purce gets her first goal for the USWNT!
I mean, if this doesn't just spark joy ✨— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) January 23, 2021
What a ball by @CarliLloyd, what a run by @100Purcent pic.twitter.com/YKte2tv0kH
And that’s that. The U.S. will be back in action for the SheBelieves Cup in mid-February.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Friday, January 22, 4 PM PT
Location: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL
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