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USWNT: Long, Dunn lead USA past Russia, 4-0

The United States Women’s National Team celebrated their brand new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday with a 4-0 win over the Russian Women’s National Team.

The USWNT, who came to terms with U.S. Soccer on a new CBA after a year of negotiating, routed Russia at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The USWNT had two goals each scored by Crystal Dunn and Allie Longwho was named the Budweiser Woman of the Match.

Both of Long’s goals came on headers. Long could have had a fifth goal, but her penalty kick in the 66′ went over the crossbar.

The USWNT were led in the attack mainly by Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis. Lavelle and Mewis earned the starts with injuries to Tobin Heath and Morgan Brian, which held them from the two friendlies against Russia.

As for the Russians, they had a small attack in the first half, where most of their five attempted shots came from. However, the Russians, who are coached by Elena Fomina, the first woman to coach the Russian Women’s National Team, accumulated yellow cards instead of goals. Elena Danilova was shown the first yellow card in the 55′ minute, and teammates Tatiana Sheikina (66′) and Anna Cholovyaga (74′) followed suit.

Meanwhile, for the USWNT, Christen Press was shown the side’s lone yellow card in 89′ minute.

As for the goalkeepers, Russia’s Alena Beliaeva made three saves, while also halting Carli Lloyd to no goals. As for the USWNT, Alyssa Naeher earned the start, and only had to make two saves.

Notably for the USWNT, Megan Oyster made her USWNT debut, coming into the match in the 68′ minute for Kelley O’Hara. The USWNT also saw the return of Meghan Klingenberg in the starting lineup, after missing the SheBelieves Cup due to injury. Also returning from injury was midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who substituted in the match for Lavelle in the 80′ minute.

Lastly, Amy Rodriguez, who hasn’t featured for the USWNT since the fall of 2015, returned to the team. Rodriguez gave birth to her second child, a son named Luke, in the summer of 2016. She returned to action against Russia, as she substituted in for Mallory Pugh in the 80′ minute.

The USWNT and Russia will meet up again on Sunday for a re-match in Houston, Texas. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET, and will air on ESPN.


Photo of the USWNT courtesy of Mike Stone/Getty Images.

Follow me on Twitter, @RachaelMcKriger, for all USWNT coverage.

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