US Women’s Team dominates Colombia 6-0

The U.S. Women’s National Team closed out its January training camp with a dominant 6-0 win against Colombia with young players and experienced veterans both making significant contributions.

Approved by FIFA to represent the USA on January 13, Catarina Macario earned her second cap, made her first career start, and opened the scoring with her first goal USWNT goal, that coming in just the 3rd minute. Megan Rapinoe scored twice to make it 3-0 at half and after the break, half, Lynn Williams tallied her 10th international goal, Lindsey Horan capitalized on the USA’s abundance of set piece opportunities with a goal off a corner and Margaret Purce also netted her first goal for the USA.

As it did in the 4-0 victory over Colombia on Jan. 18, the USA kept up the attacking pressure all evening, outshooting Colombia 33-2 and spending almost of the entirety of the match in Las Cafeteras’ territory.

The U.S. wasted no time getting going as midfielder Rose Lavelle fired a shot high only 13 seconds into the match. The early attacking initiative paid off quickly as Macario tallied to  become the 15th U.S. player to score in her first start for the WNT.

Macario’s opener was just the start of a relentless opening period with the Americans continuing to work the ball around the box and threatening deep in Colombian territory. Left back Emily Sonnett and right back Ali Krieger bombed balls into the penalty area, but Colombia’s defense did well to clog the middle and slow things down a bit. Once again, Colombia goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda held strong under duress to keep things from getting out of hand.

While Colombia grew into the game a bit as the half wore on, the U.S. back line defused any potential danger. Macario and Lavelle proved to be a dangerous attacking combination and the pair helped spark the USA’s second goal. While a cross in from Lavelle was deflected by a Colombia, Emily Sonnett kept the ball alive in the box and teed up Rapinoe, who threaded a shot past several Colombia defenders for her first goal since March of 2020 at the SheBelieves Cup.

After a number of threatening opportunities on set pieces, the U.S. finally scored off one in the 43rd. When Daniela Arias took down midfielder Samantha Mewis in the box, the referee pointed to the spot and Rapinoe stepped up to convert the spot kick. The forward finished smartly to put the U.S. up 3-0 going into halftime and tallied her first brace since the epic quarterfinal win against France at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The U.S. continued to menace the Colombia defense in the second half, but Sepulveda came up with a few more nice saves. Williams finally broke through for a goal in the 60th minute, getting a step on her defender to head home off a Mewis cross for her 10th international goal.

The U.S. earned 20 corner kicks in the match and capitalized on one in the 73rd. Second-half substitute Crystal Dunn, who has consistently played outside back for the USA since 2018, came in at forward in a throwback to her earliest days on the National Team as an attacking player (where she also plays in the NWSL). Dunn delivered a corner to the near post for fellow sub Lindsey Horan and she one-timed it home for her 20th international goal.

Purce, who has also been playing defender for the USA, and who also plays more attacking roles in the NWSL, also came in at forward, and the former Harvard star attacker put an exclamation point on the wire-to-wire attacking display with a late goal.

For the third consecutive game, the USA defense held Colombia without a shot on goal. In just her second career start for the USWNT, goalkeeper Jane Campbell recorded her first career solo shutout.

The USWNT returns to action next month for the 2021 SheBelieves Cup to be held Feb. 18-24, also at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, when it will welcome Japan, Brazil and Canada to the sixth annual edition of the tournament.