The U.S. women’s soccer team completed its sweep against Mexico with a 6-2 win Sunday in the second of two friendlies this week.
On Thursday, Team USA scored three quick goals in the second half en route to a 4-1 win in Jacksonville, Florida. In Sunday’s rematch in Houston, Carli Lloyd became just the sixth U.S. women’s national team member to score 100 career goals as Team USA came back from a deficit with five unanswered goals.
Mallory Pugh took a nice long pass from Megan Rapinoe for a break and caught goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago out of the net for a 1-0 lead in just the third minute of the game. Mexico got the equalizer then took the lead on a header from Kiana Palacios in the 24th minute.
That's when Team USA went to work.
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Lindsey Horan scored on a header to even the score a minute later and then Lloyd gave her team the lead with a tap-in in the 34th minute. Alex Morgan, who had a pair of goals on Thursday, scored her first of two in this game before the first half was over, with Rapinoe getting her third assist, and the U.S. took a 4-2 lead to the break. Rapinoe and Morgan padded the lead in the second half and Team USA improved to 5-0-1 this season.
Sites for the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which takes place Oct. 4-17, were announced Sunday. Team USA headlines Group A in Cary, North Carolina, while Canada leads Group B at Edinburg, Texas. The semifinals and championship will be at Frisco, Texas, Oct. 14 and 17. Mexico joins the U.S. and Canada as having automatic berths.
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.