• Sunday Feb 09, 2014

    Lloyd, Press push U.S. women past Russia

    Carli Lloyd (#10) turns to celebrate after scoring one of her two goals in the United States' 7-0 friendly win over Russia on February 8, 2014, in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo: Stuart Browning/isiphotos.com)


    BOCA RATON, Florida -- Carli Lloyd and Christen Press scored two goals apiece as the United States extended its unbeaten streak to 41 games, defeating Russia 7-0 in a women’s friendly on Saturday at FAU Stadium. 

    Heather O'Reilly, Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach – the world’s all-time leading scorer – each netted once.

    The sides will meet again on Wednesday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

    Lloyd gave the Americans a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute, splitting a pair of Russia defenders in the right side of the box and firing a shot over Russia goalkeeper Elvira Todua from six-yards out.

    In the 32nd minute, O'Reilly found herself in the right place when a cross from the left deflected off Russia left-back Marina Pushkareva and ricocheted to the U.S. midfielder.  O'Reilly rocketed her effort into the upper right corner for a 2-0 advantage and her 38th-career goal.

    Five minutes later, Lloyd completed her brace.  After collecting a Stephanie Cox pass from the left side with her chest, the 31-year-old midfielder dribbled down the middle before ripping a right footer from the top of the 18-yard box into the upper left corner to make it 3-0.

    In the second half, the U.S. stayed on the offensive and added to its advantage six minutes after the break.  This time, Lloyd ran on to a loose ball on the left side and crossed into the box for Press to head home.

    Leroux scored in her fourth consecutive outing to put the Americans up 5-0 in the 54th minute.  The Seattle Reign forward raced into the right side of the penalty area to latch on to a perfectly measured pass from Lauren Holiday.  As she was falling, Leroux somehow slipped a right-footed shot on the ground around a Russian defender and past a surprised Todua.

    Press grabbed her second goal of the match in the 58th minute stabbing in from six-yards after Todua could not gather in Ali’s attempt from just inside the box.

    Wambach, a second-half substitute struck for her 164th goal with 23 minutes remaining in normal time.  Following a quickly taken free kick, Amy Rodriguez fed Wambach with a neat back-heel pass and the Western New York Flash striker finished into the open net at the left post.

    Valentia Orlova’s ejection for taking down Rodriguez on a breakaway meant that Russia had to play the last 20 minutes down a player.


    NOTES:  The seven-goal victory was the USA's most lopsided win since a 7-0 rout of Mexico on September 3, 2013, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. … The U.S. is now unbeaten in seven all-time games against Russia (6-1-0) … The U.S. is unbeaten in its last 79 home games.


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