A red-hot U.S. women’s soccer team cooled off Chile for the second time in four days, shutting out the South Americans 4-0 on Tuesday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.
The result was one better than this past Friday, when the U.S. won 3-0 in Carson, California, in the first-ever meeting between the two countries. The Americans are now 11-0-2 on the year and unbeaten in their last 21 games.
The rematch started with some hiccups for the Americans, as coach Jill Ellis was forced to make two subs within the first 31 minutes.
Three minutes later, Mallory Pugh set things in motion. The 20-year-old forward drew a penalty and then scored in the scramble after Chile goalie Christiane Endler saved Alex Morgan’s penalty kick.
Tobin Heath followed with another goal four minutes later with a diving shot from the top of the goal area.
Subbed on at halftime, veteran Carli Lloyd added a third goal with her first touch of the game, finishing Heath’s free kick with a diving header in the 47th minute. The goal was Lloyd’s 101st for the national team, moving her up to fifth all time.
Then she added another in injury time, collecting the ball in space, beating a defender and drilling the ball into the far corner of the net.
The two-game series with Chile served as Team USA’s final tune-up ahead of next month’s Concacaf Women’s Championship, which determines the three automatic qualifiers for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, where the U.S. is defending champion. Chile qualified for its first Women’s World Cup earlier this year.
Earlier on Tuesday, the U.S. women were drawn into Group A for the Concacaf Women’s Championship, which takes place Oct. 4-17. They’ll play Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago in Cary, North Carolina, with semifinals and finals following in Frisco, Texas. The top three teams in the tournament qualify for next summer’s Women’s World Cup, with the fourth-place team going to a playoff against Argentina.