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Pair Of Carli Lloyd Goals Enough For U.S. Women To Cruise To 3-0 Friendly Win Over Portugal

By Karen Price | Sept. 03, 2019, 11 p.m. (ET)

Carli Lloyd celebrates in a friendly match against Portugal on Aug. 29, 2019 in Philadelphia.


The U.S. women’s soccer team’s Victory Tour has turned into Carli Lloyd’s goal scoring tour as well.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist already led the team in scoring this year with 10 goals coming into Tuesday’s friendly against Portugal, despite her status for most of the year as a super-sub. By the end of the match she had two more as the U.S. won 3-0 at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

With the win, coach Jill Ellis tied the late Tony DiCicco for most wins in team history with 105. Ellis will step down in October following the Victory Tour. 

This was the second meeting against Portugal in the last week, with the U.S. cruising to a 4-0 win in Philadelphia in the second match of the tour to celebrate the team’s World Cup victory. 

Lloyd made her fifth start of the year on Tuesday, serving as captain, and in the 22nd minute put the U.S. on the board. It started when her initial shot was blocked by Portugal goalkeeper Ines Pereira, but the ball stayed alive and with Pereira out of the net, the U.S. made her pay. The ball came back to Lloyd for a second try and she buried it for her 116th international goal.

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Ten minutes later she scored again on a penalty, chipping it off to the right to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead that they took into halftime. 

Lindsey Horan added a third goal in the 84th minute with a perfectly-placed header that sailed just under the crossbar and above the keeper’s fingertips. 

The U.S. outshot Portugal 20-1 as keeper Alyssa Naeher earned her 30th career shutout in her 55th cap. 

Still missing from the lineup were Kelley O’Hara, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle, who are all out with injuries. Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger did not play because of personal commitments. Forward Kristen Hamilton made her national team debut when she was subbed on in the second half.

The Victory Tour concludes in October with matches against South Korea in Charlotte, North Carolina (Oct. 3) and Chicago (Oct. 6). 

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.

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