The US Women’s National Team brought home a 3-0 game against Chile this Sunday, with goals from Julie Ertz and Carlie Lloyd. The win secures the US at the top of their group and guarantees them a place in the Round of 16.
The team showcased the depth of their bench, starting with an almost completely different lineup by making seven changes from their last game. Alyssa Naeher started in goal; Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn, Tierna Davidson, and Abby Dahlkemper in the back; Julie Ertz, Morgan Brian and Lindsey Horan at midfield; and Christen Press, Carli Lloyd, and Mallory Pugh as forwards.
Lloyd took the first goal in the 10th minute on a half volley from just outside the 18-yard box, making Lloyd is the oldest US player to score in a World Cup at 36. Lloyd also managed to set a record as the first person to score a goal in six consecutive World Cup matches.
Ertz scored the second goal in the 26th minute, heading in the ball off a perfectly-placed corner kick taken by Tierna Davidson.
Lloyd proved herself yet again by scoring the match’s final goal, a header from another fantastic corner taken by Davidson for a final score of 3-0. Davidson, who, at only 20 years old, made a huge impact on the field with two assists and several dangerous crosses.
The second half remained scoreless, mostly due to Chile’s goalkeeper and man-of-the-match, Christiane Endler and the US finding difficulty shooting on frame.
The game, although an easy win for the US, exposed some weaknesses. The pacing seemed slow and jolted, sloppy passes caused needless turnovers, and only nine of their 26 shots ended up on the frame. Most notably, when VAR revealed a penalty in the 75th minute, Carli Llyod’s shot went just wide of the post. When playing in matches that matter, mistakes like those could end the US’s shot at another World Cup victory.
The US continue their World Cup run on Thursday, June 20, where they face Sweden at 3 pm.