United States, Canada pick up big wins
The U.S. wins 6-0 and Canada's Christine Sinclair scores international goal No. 180
Left: Carli Lloyd celebrates her goal for the United States (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com). Right: Christine Sinclair celebrates her goal for Canada (Photo credit: Canada Soccer/Flickr).
Left: Carli Lloyd celebrates her goal for the United States (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com). Right: Christine Sinclair celebrates her goal for Canada (Photo credit: Canada Soccer/Flickr).

Both the United States and Canada came up with big wins in international friendlies over the past few days.

 

United States 6 | Belgium 0

Sky Blue FC midfielder Carli Lloyd scored twice and picked up an assist and Utah Royals FC forward Christen Press assisted on three goals as the United States shut out Belgium 6-0 on Sunday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

The goals for Lloyd were her 106th and 107th international goals, and her first goals of 2019.

Five of the United States goals were headers, coming from Lloyd twice, Portland Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan, North Carolina Courage midfielder Sam Mewis and Courage forward Jessica McDonald. Only Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan’s 101st international goal, scored with her left foot and assisted by Lloyd, did not came in the air.

Goalkeepers Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars) and Ashlyn Harris (Pride) each played one half, but were not called on to make any saves as the United States did not allow a shot on goal. Pride defender Ali Krieger played all 90 minutes, her first appearance since 2017, and her 99th international cap.

The 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship United States team was honored at halftime.

It’s the last match for the United States before the NWSL season begins on Saturday, April 13.


England 0 | Canada 1

Thorns forward Christine Sinclair scored the 180th goal of her international career on Friday as Canada beat England 1-0 at Academy Stadium in Manchester, England.

Sinclair is now just four goals away from tying Abby Wambach’s record of 184 international goals, the most for either a woman or man in international soccer.

Sinclair’s goal came in the 80th minute. Houston Dash forward Nichelle Prince ricocheted a shot off the crossbar asSinclair made a run into the box. Sinclair pounced on the rebound and hammered a right-rooted shot into the back of the net.

The game was a meeting between the No. 2 team in the world (England) and No. 5 (Canada), as both prepare for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. It was also a rematch of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match, won by England.

Canada has one more friendly before the start of the NWSL season. They’ll take on Nigeria in Spain on Monday.

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