By Paul D. Bowker | April 06, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Carli Lloyd (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring her second goal against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia.


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The U.S. Women’s National Team finishes off a two-game series with Mexico on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

The teams played an international friendly on Thursday night in Jacksonville, Florida, where the U.S. won 4-1.

The games are not only a preparation leading into the CONCACAF Women’s Championship that serves as a qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but also possibly a preview of one of the matchups in World Cup qualifying. Mexico, Canada and the U.S. already have berths into the CONCACAF tournament, which will be hosted by the U.S. in October.

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“Mexico has made great strides at the senior and youth levels, and that benefits our region and our team as it gives us the opportunity to play more quality matches against CONCACAF opponents,” said U.S. coach Jill Ellis.

The U.S. women are unbeaten in four games this year, including wins against Denmark, Germany and England.

Three-time Olympian Carli Lloyd and two-time Olympian Alex Morgan lead the team. Lloyd enters Sunday's game with 99 career goals; she would become the sixth woman in U.S. history to reach the century mark.

A youth movement in 2018 has included teenagers Mallory Pugh and Tierna Davidson, who have combined for four goals and two assists in five games. 

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.