Carli Lloyd scored twice, Christen Press added a objective and the US held off Sweden Three-2 on Thursday evening in Columbus, Ohio, giving Vlatko Andonovski a victory in his first match as head coach.
The U.S. is 19-1-Three in 2019 and has a 22-match unbeaten streak. The U.S. dominated early within the pleasant, as Lloyd took a go within the third minute from Christen Press with a right-footed shot from the middle of the field and put it previous goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl to the underside proper nook.
Press adopted within the 28th minute, faking out a pair of defenders with fancy footwork and burying a ball from Lindsey Horan for her 50th objective in worldwide competitors.
Press is simply the 11th American to succeed in that milestone. Three minutes later, Lloyd discovered the again of the web once more with a right-footed shot simply contained in the field, off a chip go from Tobin Heath.
Lloyd, who has 22 multi-goal video games, has 120 worldwide objectives and leads the U.S. in scoring this 12 months with 15.
However Sweden wouldn’t go quietly, with the No. 5 workforce on the earth lastly getting on the board within the 75th minute on Anna Anvegard’s right-foot shot from shut vary.
Carli Lloyd had two objectives within the U.S. ladies’s workforce win over Sweden. Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire
Anvegard scored her second objective three minutes later when goaltender Alyssa Naeher performed a ball excessive within the field and was caught out of place on the rating, leaving the web open for a right-footed shot from the middle of the field.
Lloyd was primed to finish a hat trick with a penalty kick within the 81st minute, but it surely sailed excessive. America is ranked No. 1 on the earth after profitable its fourth World Cup this previous summer season in France, defeating Sweden within the group stage earlier than taking out Spain, France, England and the Netherlands on its strategy to the championship.
Andonovski on Oct. 28 grew to become the ninth U.S. coach after the retirement of Jill Ellis, whose 106 victories made her the winningest coach in U.S. ladies’s soccer historical past and the primary worldwide coach to win two Ladies’s World Cup titles.
A local of Macedonia, Andonovski performed in Europe earlier than an indoor soccer profession in the US. He coached within the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League for the previous seven seasons, with FC Kansas Metropolis and Reign FC of Washington State.
The U.S. performed with out a few of its most high-profile gamers, together with Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan. Subsequent up for the US is Costa Rica on Nov. 10 at TIAA Financial institution Subject in Jacksonville, Florida.