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Americans complete unbeaten season
November 11th, 2013 12:13AM

TAGS:  brazil, women's national team


[USA-BRAZIL] The USA beat Brazil, 4-1, in front of 20,274 spectators at the Florida Citrus Bowl -- the largest home crowd in nine years -- to finish the 2013 season with an unbeaten 13-0-3 record. It marked just the second time the USA has gone unbeaten in a season during which it played 10 or more games. The USA will enter the 2014 season with a 39-game unbeaten streak dating back to March 2012.

Sydney Leroux led the USA with two first-half goals. Abby Wambach added to her international goal scoring record with her 163rd tally, and midfielder Erika Tymrak scored her first goal in only her second national team appearance just one minute after entering the game.

The USA opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Stephanie Cox, who was playing in her first match since April of 2012 after coming back from the birth of her first child, drove a cross to far post, where Heather O’Reilly touched it back to the other post, where Leroux acrobatically finished with a left-footed volley. Within a minute, it was 2-0 as Wambach converted a penalty kick after she was tripped up from behind by Brazil’s Andressa.

Brazil cut the deficit in half in the 25th minute on Rosana’s 19th international goal, but Leroux added her second goal 11 minutes later, darting past Rilany and eluding onrushing keeper Thais before slotting the ball home.

U.S. keeper Hope Solo made two excellent saves on second-half sub Raquel in the 55th and 62nd minutes before Floridian Tymrak finished the scoring on a pass from Lindsey Horan.

In stoppage time, Carli Lloyd picked up a second yellow card and was sent off, marking the first U.S. red card since the quarterfinal of the Women’s World Cup against Brazil.

-- Amber Brooks, who is playing at Bayern Munich with Tymrak, started in midfield to earn her cap. She became the 10th player to earn her first cap in 2013 under Coach Tom Sermanni, joining Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Ashlyn Harris, Julie Johnston, Kristie Mewis, Christen Press, Leigh Ann Robinson, Horan and Tymrak.

Nov. 10 in Orlando, Fla.
USA 4 Brazil 1. Goals: Leroux 15, 36, Wambach (pen.) 17, Tymrak 76; Rosana 25.
USA -- Solo; Robinson, Rampone (Buehler, 75), Sauerbrunn,  Cox (Tymrak, 75); O’Reilly, Brooks (Averbuch, 81), Lloyd, Mewis; Leroux (Morgan, 68), Wambach (Horan, 68).
Brazil -- Thais; Rilany, Andreia Rosa, Thaisa, Calandrini; Laylla (Bia, 46), Rosana (Thaisinha, 68), Gabi Zanotti (Raquel, 46), Andressa, Debinha, Cristiane (Nene, 76).
Red Card: USA -- Lloyd 90+2.
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA).
Att.: 20,274.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: November 11, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
    This US squad plays a better brand of soccer than most MLS teams.
  1. Glenn Maddock
    commented on: November 11, 2013 at 1:41 p.m.
    Its attractive because they are playing porous defenses and cant attack all the time. Also, 20k is a nice crowd, but if Orlando is going to be successful in MLS, they are going to have to do that every match through a long, hot, humid, rainy summer. I seriously doubt they have the hardcore fans to pull that off.
  1. John Soares
    commented on: November 11, 2013 at 2:33 p.m.
    If you miss these matches you miss some of the best soccer available in the world. Fast and beautiful with no accusations of diving or broken bones. Two teams playing to WIN instead of not to loose. I know many "gentlemen" sadly feel it's not REAL soccer when it's girls. Your loss!

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