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US women beat Mexico 4-0 in CONCACAF tune-up

Megan Rapinoe was credited with a goal and an assist in the 4-0 win over Mexico but was a key part setting up a third goal.

Megan Rapinoe was credited with a goal and an assist in the 4-0 win over Mexico but was a key part setting up a third goal.

In a one week span the Unites States women’s soccer team has combined to beat Mexico 12-0 in two games. The second leg of their series was a 4-0 victory in Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, NY. It was the final international friendly the team has before the women’s CONCACAF Championship begins on October 15.

USA started off fast with a goal in the ninth minute by Amy Rodriguez. Megan Rapinoe stole the ball from the feet of Mexican midfielder Stephany Mayor and knocked it forward toward the box. Rodriguez ran onto the ball and just beat a charging Mexican goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago. Rodriguez tapped the ball in from 16 yards away to give American the 1-0 lead.

Soon after scoring the USA defense let Mexico through. Tanya Samarzich was near the edge of the box and attempted to slide the ball to Mayor in a 2-on-1 situation against American goalkeeper Hope Solo but Solo ran out and intercepted the ball before it got to Mayor’s feet for the shot.

USA kept the pressure on and in the 37th minute Rapinoe set up a play that ended with herself netting a goal. After a foul Rapinoe quickly knocked the ball on to restart play and caught the Mexican defense off guard. Rapinoe got the ball out to the right sideline to Meghan Klingenberg. She booted the ball up into the box to Carli Lloyd but Mexico defender Monica Alvarado got her head on the ball. However, Rapinoe stormed up the field and hit the falling ball with her left foot and put it in the left side of the net.

The Red, White and Blue added one more goal just seconds before the intermission. Rapinoe played a through ball that was deflected through the Mexican defense by Rodriguez. Her deflection led Tobin Heath, running in full stride toward the goal. Heath blasted the ball past Santiago’s left shoulder and into the right side of the goal.

In the early goings of the second half Solo nearly saw her clean-sheet disappear when in the 55th minute her pass to Becky Sauerbrunn was off the mark and stolen by Mexico’s Veronica Perez. She had an opportunity against an open net but took a touch before shooting, giving Sauerbrunn enough time to get back to deflect her shot away. Solo finished the game with her 73rd career shutout. She broke the record on Saturday with the 8-0 victory over Mexico, surpassing Briana Scurry. Solo is now 120-9-18 in her career, second only to Scurry, who is 133-12-14.

Alex Morgan scored her 49th career goal in the 79th minute when Heather O’Reilly cut to her left and cross the ball to the left side of the box. Morgan headed the ball into the ball just inside the right post. Morgan is just one goal away from becoming the 10th player to score 50 international goals.

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