Megan Rapinoe celebrates a goal during a match against Argentina in the SheBelieves Cup on Feb. 24, 2021 in Orlando, Fla.
With Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan scoring goals and winning a trophy via a shutout, it was a pretty typical night for the U.S. women’s soccer team.
Rapinoe’s two first-half goals — the 56th and 57th of her career — were all Team USA needed as it beat Argentina 6-0 Wednesday night in Orlando, Florida, to clinch its fourth SheBelieves Cup title. Lloyd and Kristie Mewis — making her first start for the U.S. since 2014 — also scored before halftime as the Americans put the game out of reach. Alex Morgan added a late fifth, her first international goal since the 2019 World Cup, and Christen Press capped the scoring in the 88th minute. Rose Lavelle, who scored the match winner in the opening win over Canada, was named tournament MVP.
After a close opening 15 minutes, the U.S. forwards began to find space behind the Argentina defense, and that spelled danger. First it was Lavelle chipping a ball for Rapinoe to run in alone and make it 1-0 in the 16th minute. Then there was Lloyd tearing up the right side, making a decent chance for herself but instead finding Rapinoe in the box to bag her second in the 26th.
Lloyd’s turn came in the 35th minute, with Mewis finding her in the box to tuck it away. Mewis scored one of her own off an assist from Casey Krueger, who started the play by creating a turnover. Morgan scored her 108th international goal in the 84th minute, moving her alone into fifth place on the all-time U.S. scoring list. Press continued her run of form in the U.S. scoring attack, having now been involved in 28 goals in her last 30 appearances.
The U.S. has now not surrendered a goal since the final of last year’s SheBelieves Cup. It extended its unbeaten streak to 37 games and 52 games on home soil. The next official match on the U.S. schedule is the first group stage match at the Olympic Games, however the team will certainly add a slate of international friendlies as it picks up its preparation for going after a fifth gold medal.