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SOCCER: Second-half Surge Leads USWNT to 4-1 Rout of Mexico

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JACKSONVILLE – The United States women’s national team used three quick-fire goals early in the second half to roll to a 4-1 win over Mexico in front of 14,360 fans at EverBank Field in an international friendly clash.

The USWNT is 4-0-1 so far in 2018.

Mallory Pugh gave the U.S. an early lead, finishing off a Megan Rapinoe ball in the sixth minute to make it 1-0.

But Mexico was not to be easily overrun.

Despite consistent attacking pressure from the USA, the visiting side stayed organized and strong at the back throughout the rest of the first half and the game went to the break with the USWNT still holding a single-goal advantage.

That would all change early in the second half when Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd scored three goals in quick succession.

Morgan got the onslaught rolling in the 50th minute when she earned a penalty and then put it away herself to make it 2-0 in favor of the U.S.

Two minutes later Mexico was punished again, with Morgan’s left-footed finish pinging off the inside of the post and in to put the game to bed.

Lloyd was apparently not content with the lead, however, and added a fourth for the U.S. just a minute later with a left-footed strike of her own. Despite the quick-fire nature of the goals, Mexico didn’t lay down. The visiting side pulled one back with a lovely chip from Katie Johnson.

Unfortunately for Johnson and his side, it was little more than a consolation as the U.S. cruised to a comfortable win. For Lloyd, he strike left her sitting on 99 career goals for the U.S., while Pugh’s goal was her team-leading fourth of 2018.

Next, the U.S. WNT travels to Houston, Texas, for the second of the two-game set of friendlies against Mexico. The teams will meet again on Sunday, April 8 (12:30 p.m. CT; FOX) at BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the NWSL’s Houston Dash and MLS’s Houston Dynamo.

MATCH NOTES:  The team has not allowed more than one goal in any of its last 12 games, going 10-0-2 during that run dating back to mid-2017. It has scored at least three goals in eight of those 12 games….Three players on tonight’s starting XI played every minute of the 2018 SheBelieves Cup: goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, defender Abby Dahlkemper and defender Tierna Davidson. They all went the full 90 again tonight. Davidson is the only player on the U.S. roster to play every minute so far in 2018……Alex Morgan earned her 139th cap tonight and scored a brace, the 18th two-goal game of her career and 21st multi-goal game, upping her career total to 83 goals in the process. Her opening goal tonight was the first of her international career to come via a penalty kick….Mallory Pugh earned her 34th cap tonight and scored her team-leading fourth goal of 2018, as many as the rest of her teammates combined. Pugh has 10 career goals….U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis made five subs, Lloyd for Sullivan, Long for Brian, Sauerbrunn for Pugh, Hatch for Morgan and McCaskill for Rapinoe. It was Sauerbrunn’s first substitute appearance since March 10, 2014 vs. Denmark. With Sauerbrunn on the field and heading to the center back position, Davidson moved to left back and Dunn went up to right wing…..Not dressing tonight were Lynn Williams, Sofia Huerta, Ashlyn Harris, Haley Hanson and Teagan McGrady.

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