Press scores in 3-0 win for the United States over Chile
Press scored her 45th international goal in the win
Christen Press and Mallory Pugh celebrate Press' goal in the USWNT's 3-0 win over Chile. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/
Christen Press and Mallory Pugh celebrate Press' goal in the USWNT's 3-0 win over Chile. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/

Christen Press celebrated her 100 caps with the U.S. women’s national team with a goal as the United States won 3-0 on Friday night at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

The Utah Royals FC forward scored her 45th international goal in the 59th minute after a string of U.S. passes from a trio of second half subs.

Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni hit Red Stars midfielder Morgan Brian in stride to start the play. Brian sent a through ball to Spirit forward Mallory Pugh, who then sent a low cross into the penalty area. Sky Blue FC midfielder Carli Lloyd slid for it, but the ball skipped to Press, who hit a high, hard shot over the line to give the U.S. the 3-0 lead.

The game was Press’ 104th cap, after earning No. 100 back in June — and the Los Angeles native was able to celebrate the occasion in front of her hometown fans on Friday night. Press wore the captain’s armband and played all 90 minutes in the win.

The United States took a 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to two Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC) corner kicks. The first came in 8th minute, and found the head of Stanford defender Tierna Davidson. The goal is Davidson’s first international goal.

The second came when Heath found the head of Chicago Red Stars defender Julie Ertz at the near post in the 32nd minute. Ertz headed it behind her and across the face of the goal, where Chile defender Carla Guerrero redirected it into her own net for an own goal.

It was a bit of a weird night as the United States had a Press penalty kick goal disallowed at the end of the first half.

Heath won the penalty after being taken down in the box, and Press converted the kick from the spot. But the goal was called back by referee Katja Koroleva, and a free kick was then taken by Chile due to what appeared to be encroachment. But both teams appeared to be inside the area when the kick was taken, and that Crystal Dunn had her foot stepped on as well. But no matter what, the FIFA Laws of the Game say the kick should’ve been retaken, if encroachment was indeed the call.

Early in the second half, the USWNT also had a Carli Lloyd shot appear to go over the line but not be ruled a goal.

The game marked the first-ever meeting between Chile and the United States. Chile has already qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the United States will take part in Concacaf’s qualifying tournament in October. The game is also the 20th straight game without a loss for the United States.

Eighteen players dressed for the match, with Adrianna Franch, Casey Short, Abby Dahlkemper, Kelley O’Hara and Amy Rodriguez not on the gameday roster.

Alyssa Naeher, Emily Sonnett, Davidson, Becky Sauerbrunn, Dunn, Ertz, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, Heath, Alex Morgan and Press were the starters. The United States made four subs at halftime, with Lloyd, Pugh, Zerboni and Brian entering for Morgan, Heath, Horan and Lavelle. It was a Courage for Courage swap in the 61st as Sam Mewis replaced Dunn and UCLA’s Hailie Mace came on in the 74th minute to replace Ertz. Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris was the only unused sub.

The two teams will meet again on Tuesday, September 4, in San Jose, California (10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and UDN).

– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Chile
Date: August 31, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Attendance: 23,544
Weather: 70 degrees; Clear

Scoring Summary: 1     2     F
USA                          2     1     3 
CHI                           0     0      0

USA – Tierna Davidson (Tobin Heath)      8th minute
USA – Own Goal (Carla Guerrero)            32
USA – Christen Press (Mallory Pugh)       59

USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 22-Emily Sonnett, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 12-Tierna Davidson, 19-Crystal Dunn (3-Samantha Mewis, 61); 2-Julie Ertz (26-Hailie Mace, 74), 16-Rose Lavelle (6-Morgan Brian, 46), 9-Lindsey Horan (25-McCall Zerboni, 46); 23-Christen Press (capt.), 13-Alex Morgan (10-Carli Lloyd, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (11-Mallory Pugh, 46)
Substitutes not used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHI: 1-Christiane Endler (capt.); 3-Carla Guerrero, 4-Francisca Lara, 7-Maria Jose Rojas (20-Daniela Zamora, 46), 8-Karen Araya (6-Claudia Soto, 69), 10-Yanara Aedo, 11-Yesenia Lopez, 13-Bárbara Santibáñez (21-Maria Jose Urrutia, 61), 14-Fernanda Pinilla (2-Rocio Soto, 46), 17-Geraldine Leyton, 18-Camila Saez
Substitutes not used: 9-Maryorie Hernandez, 12-Natalia Campos 15-Su Helen Galaz, 16-Ana Gutierrez, 19-Javiera Grez
Head coach: José Letelier

Stats Summary: USA / CHI
Shots: 24 / 1
Shots on Goal: 11 / 1
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 17 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Tobin Heath (caution)            38th minute
CHI – Maria Jose Urrutia (caution)   74
CHI – Rocio Soto (caution)               80

Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Deleana Quan (USA)
4th Official: Christina Unkel (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Christen Press




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