After two blowout wins against Dominican Republic and Guatemala, the US Women’s National Team got its revenge defeating Mexico yesterday 4-0. The star of the match was Carli Lloyd, with a hat trick, while Heather O’Reilly scored as well.
The 4-0 victory over Mexico is significant for these girls as they all remember the devastating 2-1 loss to Mexico just over a year ago in the Women’s World Cup qualifier. That loss was a wake-up call for the USWNT as they were forced to play a tough back-door playoff game in order to get into the World Cup 2011.
This year, anyone watching knows they are taking nothing for granted. With a 14-0 win over Dominican Republic and a 13-0 win over Guatemala, these girls are taking some heat for showing less respect for opponents. After scoring seven goals in the first half against Dominican Republic, they continued their spree, breaking all kinds of records with another seven goals in the second half.
US Defender Ali Krieger tore her ACL and MCL in the match against DR, and will likely miss the London Olympic games. Players expressed their deepest concern and passion heading into their next match against Guatemala. Clearly fired up, the squad put up six goals in the first half and did not let up, with seven more in the latter half. Canadian native, Sydney Leroux’s five-goal performance was the highlight for fans.
Regarding her decision to play for the US, Leroux said: “It’s pretty sweet. I know there are some people who don’t respect my decision (to switch affiliations and play for the USA) and there are some people who do. I’m happy where I am and I’m happy to wear this jersey. I wanted to contribute to my team and put my best foot forward.”
The USWNT is clearly building up the chemistry and anticipation of their next big international tournament in the wake of the heartbreaking loss to Japan in last years Women’s World Cup finals. If the 13- and 14-0 games are any indication, these girls are leaving nothing up to chance. Even shutting out a very strong Mexico, its plain to see that the US Women’s team is vying to live up to its name and rank.
The semifinal game this Friday (Jan. 27th 5:00PM PST) against Costa Rica is for one of two bids to the London Olympics. Mexico faces qualifier host Canada in the other semifinal.