Sydney Leroux (right) scored four goals in the United States 7-0 win over Mexico in a women's friendly on September 3, 2013, at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of FIFA via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The United States scored five goals during a 30-minute stretch in the first half, including four by Sydney Leroux, to post a 7-0 win over Mexico in a women’s friendly on Tuesday at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.
Leroux was making just her sixth start in her 39th game for the U.S. and increased her career goal total to 21. Abby Wambach opened the scoring with her 161st international goal, extending her world record, while defender Rachel Buehler and 20-year-old midfielder Morgan Brian added second half tallies.
Mexico created a few dangerous chances early on, but the Americans settled down after 10 minutes and left-back Kristie Mewis assisted on the first goal. Her cross on the ground from outside the penalty area skipped to Wambach, who struck a left-footed shot off the hands of Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago and into the right side of the net.
Wambach then played a part in the next three goals, all scored by Leroux.
In the 21st minute, her effort from 16 yards out was parried away by Santiago, but the ball fell directly to Leroux, who headed into the empty net.
A minute later, Leroux struck again, when Santiago couldn't hold on to a Lauren Holiday shot. The ball dribbled behind the Mexican goalkeeper and Leroux won a race to knock it home.
The 23-year-old forward completed her hat-trick in the 30th minute after Wambach won a header off a long ball and it skipped to Leroux running at the Mexico net. She drove 40 yards into the penalty area, before sliding to roll a left-footed shot from 10-yards out past the stranded Santiago and into the lower right corner.
Leroux's fourth goal came in the 41st minute, heading in home from six-yards out a Holiday free kick.
Second-half substitute Rachel Buehler added the sixth goal in the 55th minute. A corner kick that was loose in the box eventually fell to the Portland Thorns defender, who rolled it into the net from seven yards out.
Brian completed the scoreline with 18 minutes left in regulation with her first career international goal in just her second game.
The U.S. team will now go on a six-week break before getting back together in mid-October for soon-to-be-announced friendly matches.
NOTES: The victory marked the USA's largest victory over Mexico since a 7-0 win back on Jan. 12, 2002…the USA is 10-2-0 in 2013, with the draws coming against European champion Germany and Sweden…the USA is riding a 35-game unbeaten streak since the last loss, which came to Japan (1-0) on March 5, 2012 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal…the USA extended its home unbeaten streak to 73 games.