The U.S. Women’s National Team began the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament with a 4-0 victory against Haiti as Christen Press, Lynn Williams, Lindsey Horan and Carli Lloyd scored for the USA. The victory launched the U.S. team on its quest to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games that will be held this July and August in Japan.
After the first round of games in Group A, the USA sits in second place behind Costa Rica on goal difference. Costa Rica defeated Panama, 6-1, in the first game of the day.
It took a mere 75 seconds for Press to notch the game’s opening goal, volleying home a cross from Williams, who had lost her left boot in her efforts to win the ball and earn the space down the right wing to lift her cross to the far post.
With the early 1-0 lead, the USWNT looked to be set for more goals, but a tough and physical Haiti side did well to disrupt the USA’s attacking rhythm and the Americans played an uneven first half.
The USA ultimately finished with a 23-3 advantage in shots, 70 percent possession of the ball and more than double the amount of completed passes (430-205) but took until the second half for that dominance to show on the score board.
The USA did have to endure one scare before the break. An in-swinging Haiti corner in the 19th minute from the right flag flew over the head of Roseline Eloissaint and nestled inside the left post, but the goal was mysteriously waved off by the officiating crew.
After nearly adding to its lead numerous times in the final minutes of the opening frame, the U.S. came out in the second half with renewed verve. A weaving dribble through the Haiti box by Press saw her create enough room for a low drive that brought a top class save from Haiti goalkeeper Kerly Théus in the 59th minute.
The near goal and the introduction of Megan Rapinoe in the 62nd minute spurred the USA forward with the reigning World Player of the Year having a near instant impact when she assisted on Williams’ goal off a corner kick five minutes after coming on for Press.
The USA scored next off a short corner in the 73rd minute as Rapinoe teed up Horan for one of her trademark headers. A diving Théus and a defender on the goal line couldn’t keep the ball from crossing for the 3-0 USA lead.
Lloyd capped of the evening in the final minute of added time when she converted a Julie Ertz feed with her chest as she fell to the ground to provide the final 4-0 margin of victory.
Next on the Schedule: The USWNT continues 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying against Panama on Friday. The match is scheduled to kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 CT and will broadcast on FOX Soccer Plus and TUDN XTRA 4. Fans with FS1 level authentication will also be able to watch the game on FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app. The USA will conclude group play on Monday, Feb. 3 vs. Costa Rica (8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 CT; FS1, TUDN).