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USWNT: USA routes Russia, 5-1, in Houston

The United States Women’s National Team wrapped up their April friendly matches against the Russian Women’s National Team with another dominant win.

Even though the Russians were able to put a point on the scoreboard, it wasn’t enough to beat the USWNT. Once again, Crystal Dunn showed her strength. She scored two goals in the USWNT’s 4-0 win over Russia on Thursday, and scored two more on Sunday. Her two goals came in the 38′ and 48′ minutes.

Also notching a goal for the USWNT was Rose Lavelle, who featured in her third cap. Lavelle’s goal, which is the first of her national team career, came in the 37′ minute.

The other goals for the USWNT were scored by Carli Lloyd, on a penalty kick in the 20′ minute, and Kseniya Kovalenko, who conceded an own goal for Russia in the 45’+3′ minute.

Russia was able to put their tally on the scoreboard in the 42′ minute, when Nadezhda Karpova scored on a penalty kick. The penalty kick came after a foul by Casey Short, who was shown the yellow card. Karpova’s penalty kick went straight in the middle, while goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris went to her right.

In the yellow card count, Short was the only player for the USWNT to receive a yellow card. As for Russia, Kovalenko received Russia’s first yellow card in the 19′ minute, and was followed by another yellow card from Karpova in the 44′ minute.

Notably, Jane Campbell made her USWNT debut, substituting on for Harris in the 74′ minute. For the goalkeepers, Russia elected to start Yulia Grichenko over Alena Beliaeva, who started on Thursday. Grichenko made seven saves, while Harris and Campbell did not have to many any saves.

Also, Megan Oyster made her second USWNT cap, after making her first on Thursday. Oyster substituted in for Kelley O’Hara in the 54′ minute.

The only substitute on the bench that did not appear in the match was Kealia Ohai.

The USWNT will have two friendly matches in June- specifically on June 8 and 11- to face the Swedish Women’s National Team and the Norwegian Women’s National Team. Both matches are in the respective home countries of the two teams.

Sweden, the new rival of the USWNT, last faced the USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics, when Sweden knocked the USWNT out of the tournament on penalty kicks.


Photo of the USWNT courtesy of U.S. Soccer’s official Twitter.

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

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