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USA vs Colombia – Football Match Report – January 18, 2021

Sam Mewis scored three goals and his sister Kristie Mewis added another to give the United States a 4-0 friendly victory over Colombia on Monday.

The United States extended their unbeaten streak to 33 games and their home unbeaten streak to 49.

It was the Americans’ first home game since the SheBelieves Cup last March. Colombia did not play a game last year.

Alex Morgan was not with the team as she contracted the coronavirus while on vacation. Carli Lloyd started out in front against the Colombians.

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Megan Rapinoe also started after taking much of the past year due to concerns about COVID-19.

Rapinoe served a perfectly placed cross to Sam Mewis in front of goal in the fourth minute. Sam Mewis, who plays for Manchester City in the English FA Women’s Super League, scored again in the 33rd minute. She converted a penalty early in the second half to complete her hat trick.

Kristie Mewis, who came on in the second half, scored in the 86th minute. It was his third international goal.

“I’m so proud of Kristie. I think it’s so cool to see his success here and to have him here,” said Sam Mewis, reigning American Football Player of the Year. “I feel so lucky that we both have to be here and it’s been so much fun.

“This is the first game of 2021, we wanted to start the year off on the right foot. We had definitely prepared hard for this game, so it feels good to come away with a team victory.

“Then having some individual success and seeing Kristie score a goal as well, that was so much fun and I’m really so proud of her.”

Catarina Macario also came off the bench in the second half, making her first appearance for the national team. Macario, who was born in Brazil, became a US citizen last fall and recently received FIFA approval to play for Americans.

Macario has decided to forgo his senior season at Stanford and sign with French powerhouse Lyon.

Colombia were without three players – midfielders Daniela Montoya, Diana Carolina Ospina and defender Carolina Arias – who are in isolation due to COVID-19 tracing protocols. A fourth player, midfielder Ana Gabriela Huertas, had inconclusive test results and was excluded from the match.

USA coach Vlatko Andonovski announced ahead of the game that defender Becky Sauerbrunn would take over as team captain. In recent years, the captain’s armband has been passed among a group of veterans, including Rapinoe and Lloyd. Andonovski, who replaced Jill Ellis following her resignation following the 2019 World Cup victory, is 12-0-0 as an American coach.

“I think we did a good job, but at the same time I want to thank the Colombian players for their excellent work in the one-on-one matches,” Andonovski said. “When we put the pressure on the individual duels, I thought that was the one area where we could have done a little better.”

The teams will play again at Exploria Stadium on Friday.

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