March 6, 2015
ANOTHER WIN AT THE ALGARVE CUP
Second-half goals bring 3-0 win over Swiss
Three second-half goals gave the United States a second win at the Algarve Cup, this time by 3-0 over Switzerland in a game played at Vila Real de San Antonio in Portugal.
The goals were scored by Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez and Abby Wambach, the latter two after coming in as subs, and Hope Solo made whatever saves were there to make, two ordinary ones and one of the spectacular variety.
After a scoreless first half, where the U.S. dominated in possession, Morgan finally opened the scoring in the game's 54th minute.
After Carli Lloyd was brought down by a Swiss defender, Lauren Holiday lined up for a free kick from 25 yards out. Her shot dipped in front of the goal and Morgan ran through to redirect it past the Swiss goalkeeper for her 51st international goal.
Rodriguez' score came 18 minutes later when Swiss keeper Stenia Michel pushed away a low shot by Christen Press, but into the run of Rodriguez. She patiently rolled the ball past the sprawled keeper, then spun to her right to get away from a defender, and lifted the ball into the net.
Wambach's goal came in the 81st minute, and was her world-best 178th goal in international competition.
She outraced a Swiss defender, who seemed to back off when she recognized Wambach, for a free ball and slammed a rocket past Michel with her left foot into the high right corner of the net.
Solo's big moment came in the 60th minute. A low cross into the U.S. area found Swiss star Lara Dickenmann open 16 feet from the goal. Her shot was on-target, but Solo leapt high and to the right to double-fist the ball out of bounds.
The Americans are off until Monday, when they'll play their third and final Group B game against Iceland.