The USWNT Picks Up The Pace

In the first of their two friendlies against Colombia before they head to Mexico for World Cup qualifying, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) got off to a bit of a slow start on Saturday night in Colorado.

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Slow ball movement and a saved penalty off the foot of Lindsey Horan epitomized the energy of the first half, which ended 0-0.
Colombia is hosting the Copa América Femenina this year and is close in the world ranking to the Mexican national team, whom the USWNT will face in the group stage of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

Hosting the game in Denver, the U.S. is trying its best to recreate the high-altitude conditions of Monterrey.

In the second half, the reigning world champs put on a much more complete performance as they sped up the tempo.


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Sophia Smith scored a second-half brace, both off of Rose Lavelle’s assists.

Alex Morgan earned the USWNT a second penalty chance, but Colombia keeper Catalina Perez saved it again, this time from Lavelle.

The final goal came off the head of Taylor Kornieck in her USWNT debut.

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The USWNT has had sharper days, but in the context of putting together a good test before competitive games, this had the makings of a learning experience.

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They need to get more comfortable stretching defenses when given long stretches of possession, but the performance was ultimately dominant.

The USWNT ended the match with 22 shots and eight on target, while Colombia registered only one shot total.

The U.S. completed over 500 passes with an 84% passing accuracy. Colombia committed 17 fouls to the USWNT’s seven.

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