The U.S. women’s soccer team continued its World Cup victory tour playing in front of a record crowd in Philadelphia on Thursday.
More than 49,000 fans packed Lincoln Financial Field, making it the largest crowd ever to watch the U.S. play in a stand-alone friendly match, and they were treated to a 4-0 win over Portugal.
Tobin Heath got the scoring started just four minutes into the match and Morgan Brian made it 2-0 in the 18th minute, notching her first national team goal since 2016.
That’s where the score stood until hometown hero Carli Lloyd added a goal of her own in the 52nd minute. After a long throw in, Lindsey Horan headed the ball up and Lloyd came leaping through the air to tap it down and into the net. Lloyd celebrated her first goal ever scored in Philadelphia — out of 115 total — by flapping her arms in the “Fly, Eagles Fly” tradition of the football team that calls the stadium home.
Lloyd is from nearby Delran, New Jersey, about 15 miles from Lincoln Financial Field. The three-time Olympian kicked a 55-yard field goal at an Eagles practice just last week, sparking talk of her possibly making the NFL her next career, and she threw out the first pitch at a Phillies game earlier in the week.
Allie Long scored the final goal of the game in the 82nd minute.
Most of the World Cup champions played in Thursday’s friendly, with the exception of Kelley O’Hara, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle, who are injured, and Ali Krieger, who missed the game because of a personal commitment.
The tour continues on Sept. 3, when the U.S. will again face Portugal, this time at brand new Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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.