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
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
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 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
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.
, 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
, 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).
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.: