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Macario, Purce open USWNT accounts while Mewis injury scare sours routine win over Colombia

The U.S. ladies’s nationwide group simply defeated Colombia 6-0 on Friday night time in Orlando, Fla., following Monday’s 4-0 win over the identical opponent. 

The pair of video games capped off the group’s January camp, which noticed a largely full-strength USWNT attempt to impress head coach Vlatko Andonovski forward of the Olympics this summer season in Tokyo (ought to the event go forward).

Listed here are three of the largest takeaways from the match at Exploria Stadium.

Catarina Macario scores first USWNT aim

January camp noticed the USWNT debut of Macario, who by all accounts is poised to be the group’s subsequent main star. The Brazil-born attacker, who recently signed with European power Lyon straight from Stanford College, earned her first cap on Monday earlier than scoring her first nationwide group aim on Friday within the third minute. 

“Cat is a distinct form of participant than I believe we have ever had. She’s a distinct No. 9 than we have ever had,” Megan Rapinoe mentioned of the 21-year-old after Friday’s recreation. “She drops in slightly bit extra, performs extra like a false 9. 

“Bodily, she’s already able to be at this degree and that is an enormous soar for lots of people to go from school to this degree to have the ability to compete bodily. 

“She’s going to be a kind of enjoyable gamers that you simply like to see — somebody that is going to excite the followers, somebody that is going to return out with one thing artistic or a nutmeg.”

Sam Mewis goes off injured

The U.S. bought a significant scare when Mewis collided with a Colombia defender halfway by way of the second half. The Man Metropolis midfielder seemed to be in a major quantity of ache on the sphere after her left ankle rolled beneath her. She was capable of slowly stroll off the sphere beneath her personal energy earlier than being seen on the bench with ice wrapped round her ankle. 

Mewis has been in stellar kind for the USWNT and Man Metropolis. Rapinoe referred to as her “the most effective participant in our group proper now” after the sport, so any damage challenge could be a significant concern for membership and nation. 

Andonovski mentioned that Mewis could be examined after the match, including that her excessive ache threshold made it onerous to find out her prognosis straight away.

“She’s very robust and really powerful,” the USWNT coach mentioned. “After we first requested [how she was] she mentioned: ‘I am effective, I am effective,’ however we’re doing all of the exams and following all of the protocol to ensure she’s effective. 

“She’s powerful and we do not know what ‘effective’ means in her world. Fairly quickly we will understand how she feels.”

Crystal Dunn and Midge Purce get their likelihood in assault

Dunn and Purce are pure attackers who’ve been moved to protection with the USWNT. Dunn, most notably, transformed from a dynamic attacking midfielder to a rock-solid left again who starred through the USWNT’s run to the 2019 World Cup.

Followers have been clamoring for each gamers to get an opportunity in assault for the U.S. and on Friday night time, Andonovski obliged. Purce specifically grabbed the headlines by scoring her first USWNT aim with a header from Carli Lloyd’s cross within the 86th minute.

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“We all know that Midge is an effective ahead,” Andonovski mentioned of a participant who had been largely used without any consideration again with the nationwide group. 

“Clearly we noticed one thing in her that will assist us or assist her develop into a superb fullback and we will proceed working as we go ahead. However after we want a ahead, clearly she’s adequate and she or he confirmed that she will do a superb job there.”

On Dunn, he added: “Crystal must be probably the most versatile participant on the sphere. I actually really feel comfy placing Crystal in any place on the sphere and I do know she’s going to fulfill the usual set.”

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