The U.S. women’s national soccer team is one of the best in the world, and it proved as much with a dominant 7-0 victory in a friendly match against Russia. The U.S. women completely dominated the game, extending their impressive streaks of 41 straight games without a loss and 79 straight unbeaten home games.
It never looked good for the Russians, who were content to sit back in defense against a potent American attack:
Russia playing VERY low pressure in a 4-5-1. USA having almost all of the ball. Feels like a goal is coming...— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) February 8, 2014
With the U.S. team dominating possession, it was only a matter of time before one of the American players found the back of the net.
It was Carli Lloyd who opened the floodgates in the 31st minute off a beautiful assist from Heather O’Reilly. Just one minute later, O’Reilly decided to get in on the dirty work herself to bring the margin to 2-0.
Lloyd then added to her tally with a tremendous strike from outside of the box that flew past the Russian keeper—who could only stand and watch as the ball found the back of the net.
By halftime, the result was already decided as the Russians hadn’t put any pressure on the U.S. defense and the Americans were dominating possession and creating plenty of scoring chances:
Halftime in Boca Raton. A fine performance from the USA so far. Shots: 13-2 & the USA leads 3-0 on 2 goals from Lloyd & 1 from O'Reilly.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) February 8, 2014
Unfortunately for Russia, they weren’t done.
There were four more goals in the second half, and five different Americans had scored when the final whistle blew.
Christen Press notched a brace in the second half, and fellow striker Sydney Leroux increased the tally to six goals.
Then came the subs, including Abby Wambach who improved her stature in the record books with another goal for the national side.
The game was a totally one-sided affair, and the Russian team has plenty of work to do before the teams face off again on Wednesday.
Team USA is in excellent form leading up to the Algarve Cup and is 10 games away from the national record of 51 consecutive unbeaten matches.
Carli Lloyd: A+
Pretty much every U.S. player had a fantastic game, but perhaps the best of them was Lloyd, who was named the player of the match thanks to two goals and an assist.
Lloyd missed the team’s last game but made her presence felt in this contest. Her second goal was an absolute beauty, and she created problems for the Russian defense throughout the game.
Heather O’Reilly: A+
Heather O’Reilly was a menace, terrorizing the Russian defense down the left wing. She assisted on the opening goal of the match but was frequently delivering perfect crosses into the box and creating goal-scoring chances for her teammates.
Christen Press: A+
It took a while for Press to get going, but she demonstrated her poaching abilities and opportunistic nature by finishing some well-executed attacks and scoring two goals. The U.S. was once again without superstar forward Alex Morgan, but Press showed that there is plenty of offensive firepower—even without Morgan.