Carli Lloyd Scores 100th USA Goal, Megan Rapinoe Stars in 6-2 Win over Mexico

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, FL - APRIL 5: Megan Rapinoe #15 of United States dribbles the ball in the second half against Mexico at Everbank Field on April 5, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)
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Megan Rapinoe was the star in the USA's 6-2 win over Mexico on Sunday, scoring once and delivering four assists in the friendly.

Alex Morgan scored twice, and Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd and Lindsey Horan also got in on the fun. Lloyd bagged her 100th goal in the national team shirt.

Here are the main talking points from Sunday's match.

   

Rapinoe-Pugh Connection Heats up Early

For the second friendly in a row, Pugh found herself on the scoresheet thanks to a lovely pass from team-mate Rapinoe, per the team's official Twitter account:

This time around, it was a lovely through-ball that had the entire Mexican defence fooled. Pugh kept her calm, slotting the ball home after rounding the goalkeeper. It was a dream start for the hosts and 19-year-old Pugh, seen as a major star of the future.

   

Corner Trouble for the U.S.

Rival teams scouting the Stars and Stripes for potential weaknesses may have just found what they were looking for Sunday. Mexico took a shock lead in the first half, and twice, they did the damage via corners.

The first goal came thanks to a blunder from goalkeeper Jane Campbell, who allowed herself to be pushed out of position and tried to make the save from inside the goal, per sportswriter Caitlin Murray:

After Monica Ocampo's equaliser, Kiana Palacios put El Tri ahead with a clever header. Once again, Campbell missed the mark completely, falling underneath the delivery.

   

100 for Lloyd

After Horan tied things up, it was time for Lloyd to give her side the lead and make history in the process. It wasn't the hardest goal she has ever scored―a simple header from close range―but it was memorable for a different reason:

At the age of 35, Lloyd is no longer the driving force behind every American attack, but the veteran midfielder remains capable of moments of magic at any given time.

    

Brace for Morgan, but Rapinoe the Star

Morgan got her name on the scoresheet twice, but there was no denying Rapinoe was the top performer Sunday. The 32-year-old got a goal of her own to go with an incredible four assists.

Rapinoe's goal came courtesy of another goalkeeping blunder, this time on the other end of the pitch:

   

What's Next

The United States will host China on June 7.

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