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USA vs. Colombia – Football Match Report – 28 June 2022

The United States women’s national soccer team worked hard in their 2-0 friendly win over Colombia at Rio Tinto Stadium on Tuesday, which included an hour-long delay due to lightning and inclement weather in Sandy , Utah.

Vlatko Andonovski’s side had already beaten Colombia 3-0 on Saturday and were playing their final warm-up match ahead of the CONCACAF W Championship in Monterrey, Mexico, where places for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the 2024 Olympics in Paris is online.

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Among the starters for the Americans was Carson Pickett, who became the first player to enter the court for the Women’s National Team with a limb difference. The North Carolina Courage defender was born without part of her left arm.

In the 23rd minute, Sofia Huerta’s cross from the right flank was redirected past Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez by Manuela Vanegas for an own goal and a deserved lead for the Americans after dominating play early in the game.

Although USA spent the majority of the first half in Colombia’s defensive third, Perez kept his team in the game with a mix of saves and disruptive play in goal to keep the deficit at bay. one before the break.

USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who suffered a knee injury at the Olympics last summer, made a superb save in the 55th minute to keep USA in front, laying down and tipping Leicy Santos’ shot from outside the penalty area away from the far post. .

Shortly after the hour mark, Andonovski brought in Mallory Pugh for Megan Rapinoe and Taylor Kornieck for Rose Lavelle as he continued to allocate minutes and playing time ahead of a busy qualifying schedule in July. Trinity Rodman and Kristie Mewis had already come off the bench early in the second half.

Just after the 75th minute, the teams were taken off the field due to lightning and bad weather in the area, giving both teams a chance to reset for the final quarter hour.

The break paid off for the United States, who returned to the field after nearly an hour behind and immediately doubled the lead when substitute Kelley O’Hara fired a first volley past Perez to give a 2-0 lead to the Americans.

The United States, who are now unbeaten in 69 consecutive home games, will face Mexico, Jamaica and Haiti in Group A of the CONCACAF W Championship, which begins on July 4, while Canada, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago will face eliminated in Group B.

The top two teams in each group earn places in CONCACAF for the 2023 World Cup, and the winner of the event will automatically earn a place for the 2024 Olympics.