Carli Lloyd celebrates scoring a goal during the 2021 WNT Summer Series friendly on June 13, 2021 in Houston.
Ahead of Sunday night’s friendly with Jamaica, U.S. women’s soccer coach Vlatko Andonovski said he hoped his players would be more precise in the final third than they were Thursday night in a 1-0 win over Portugal.
After Carli Lloyd scored 24 seconds in, it was pretty clear the team got the message.
The U.S. went on to a 4-0 win over the Reggae Girlz at BBVA Stadium in Houston in the second match of the team’s Summer Series. Much like the match against Portugal, the U.S. again enjoyed much of the possession and shots on goal. But the finishing was much stronger as the U.S. raced out to a 3-0 halftime lead.
At 38 years and 322 days, Lloyd became the oldest player to score in women’s national team history with her 125th international goal. Hers was second-fastest goal in team history, and Lindsey Horan would double the lead from the penalty spot minutes later. In the 22nd minute, Midge Purce found herself alone against the goalkeeper in the box and buried her chance. It was another strong performance from Purce, who also showed her versatility playing in an attacking position instead of a defensive one. Alex Morgan, who came on at the half for Lloyd, capped off the scoring in stoppage time with her 110th international goal.
The U.S. will remain in the Lone Star State but travel to Austin for the next match in its Summer Series. The team will meet Nigeria on Wednesday in the first match at Q2 Stadium, home of Austin FC of Major League Soccer. The matches in the muggy Texas heat will serve as good preparation for what the U.S. can expect to experience at the Olympic tournament in Tokyo.