The U.S. women's national soccer team was able to dominate Brazil in the Citrus Bowl friendly on Sunday, winning 4-1.
Things got off to a hot start when Sydney Leroux was able to come up with a goal in the 15th minute off a nice assist from Heather O'Reilly, drawing first blood for the United States:
Just two minutes later, Abby Wambach had an opportunity to give her team an even bigger cushion, and she capitalized on a penalty kick to put Team USA up by two goals in just 17 minutes. According to Paul Carr from ESPN, it was her seventh career goal against Brazil:
That's Abby Wambach's 7th career goal vs Brazil. You probably remember the previous one: http://t.co/L5xteRWuZi— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) November 10, 2013
Rosana was able to help Brazil get on the board in the 25th minute by heading in a goal off a beautiful cross.
It looked like Brazil had a chance to make it a contest once again, but the Americans pretty much ended those hopes near the end of the second half, when Leroux came up with her second goal on the day thanks to a nice assist from Wambach. With the first half over, Team USA was up 3-1 over Brazil:
Brazil on the board. Beautiful cross and Rosana gets up over Robinson to power a header down into the right-hand corner past Solo. #USAvBRA— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) November 10, 2013
There wasn't much action in the second half, but Erika Tymrak got subbed in and was able to come up with a goal of her own—her first ever for the USWNT—in the 77th minute, officially sealing the deal.
While it was just a friendly, this match proved that Team USA is still the real deal and a serious contender around the world. They were also able to extend their streak to 77 straight home games without a loss, according to Paul Carr:
#USWNT is now undefeated in 77 straight home games since 2004 (67-0-10).— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) November 10, 2013
For Brazil, the team will have to regroup and focus on turning things around after the tough friendly loss. Losing 4-1, even in a friendly, can certainly hurt your confidence, and they will need to make sure that doesn't happen.
Sydney Leroux, USA: A+
It's hard to have as good of a game as Leroux had today, finishing with two goals and serving as a key difference-maker. She took just three shots, and all of them were on goal.
While Leroux stayed aggressive during the game, she was also smart, not going offsides once. She crossed the ball in five different times, setting up some quality plays for her teammates.
The future is bright for Leroux, and this game showed that.
Rosana, Brazil: B+
It was a tough day overall for the Brazilians, but Rosana was able to get them on the board in the first half with her goal.
At the same time, Rosana certainly wasn't perfect in this match. She committed two fouls on the day and was offsides once. She was only able to get open twice, with just the one shot on goal.
It was still a good game for Rosana to get on the board, but there were some moments she could have executed better overall.
Abby Wambach, USA: A
Would we expect anything less from Wambach in a game like this?
Wambach did a little bit of everything in this one. She was able to score a goal on the penalty kick, set up Leroux for her second goal of the day and get two shots off. Additionally, she drew three fouls in the game.
There are few players as well known on this team as Wambach, and she continues to do great things. This may have only been a friendly, but Wambach is still showing us that age is not a factor for her at 33 years old.