USA vs. Mexico Women's Soccer: Score, Grades and Post-Match Analysis
The United States women's soccer team dominated the whole way through in its friendly with Mexico on Tuesday night, cruising to a 7-0 win.
With the victory, the U.S. women extended their unbeaten streak at home to 73 matches and improved to 27-1-1 over Mexico all time. The Americans are now 10-0-2 this year.
Mexico got off to a great start in this match, getting a few chances on net early that made the Americans sweat, but that didn't last long as the U.S. quickly rebounded to put it on their counterparts.
Before anyone could blink, the U.S. was up 4-0 and tacked on another goal before the end of the half to bring a 5-0 lead into the intermission. Sydney Leroux netted four goals in about 20 minutes, and legend Abby Wambach benefited from a splendid pass to the middle of the box to start the scoring.
In the second half, the story was much of the same. The Americans continued their dominance in controlling the ball and the pace, and scored two more goals to add to the blowout of the Mexican squad.
Let's take a look at how each team fared with grades for both.
The Americans brought what was expected and then some in this matchup, scoring seven goals en route to an impressive performance that left little to be desired.
Leroux was the main goal scorer in this one with an astounding four goals that came in several different ways, while her teammate Wambach did what she normally does with a score of her own. All of this production came in just the first half alone.
Aside from scoring, the U.S. displayed incredible passing abilities and even Leroux scaled back her attack to make some great, unselfish plays in the second half.
The ball spent most of its time in Mexico's zone and that is a resounding success for the U.S. side.
It was a shaky start for the Americans on defense, but they were able to weather the storm to finish strong. Even when things weren't looking good early on, goalkeeper Hope Solo did her part to make sure she gave her squad an opportunity to recover without allowing a single goal.
Mexico's chances were few and far between after the opening minutes of the match and it never really threatened the U.S. aside from the early onslaught.
Great defense led to the Americans' great offense and it's clear that the U.S. defense will always present its best players on the other side of the ball with plenty of chances to score.
One thing the U.S. must improve is how it comes out of the gate. Against a better squad, the U.S. could have had plenty of problems with the slow start, so that's something that must be addressed.
It looked like Mexico was going to make this a match after the first ten minutes or so, but that hope quickly faded into oblivion as the night wore on.
Early attempts to score were squandered by some great play by the Americans' defense, and the shots on net that got through to Solo were stopped without incident. After that, the Mexicans didn't have many chances to challenge the huge lead the Americans built.
A tough blow came to Mexico's offense when its best player, Maribel Dominguez, suffered an injury in the first half. Things were hard enough on offense for Mexico against the U.S., but Dominguez's injury sealed the deal that this was going to be a long night.
Mexico's performance on defense was disastrous to say the least. Just when it thought the offense was going to take some pressure off, that didn't last long and it was all U.S. after that.
The Mexican goalkeeper really had no shot against the Americans as chances came early and often, leading to seven total goals in the match. There was simply nothing Mexico could do to stop the U.S. and its elite players with overwhelming skill and poise.
The U.S. did what it wanted and moved the ball as it pleased, and there was no shortage of scoring chances. In a better scenario, Mexico could have hung its hat on the fact that the U.S. had to work for its chances, but instead they came relatively easy for the Americans.
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