Press and Lloyd combine for all seven in U.S. win

After a tie and loss in its first two games at the Torneio Internacional da Brasilia, the USA took it out on Argentina as Christen Press scored four goals and Carli Lloyd scored the other three in a 7-0 victory. The win coupled with host Brazil's 4-1 victory over China moved the USA into the championship game against Brazil on Sunday at the Mane Garrincha Stadium.

Dec. 18 in Brasilia
USA 7 Argentina 0. Goals: Press 7, 23, 41, 78, Lloyd 30, 44, 47.
USA -- Naeher; Krieger, Sauerbrunn, Engen, Chalupny (O'Reilly, 46); Holiday (O'Hara, 84), Brian, Lloyd;  Heath (Rapinoe, 46), Wambach (Leroux, 81), Press.
Argentina -- Minnin; Barroso, Ghigo, Sampedro, Cometti (Quinones, 46); Molina, Venica, Bonsegundo (Sachs, 86), Espindola; Jaimes (Kippes, 59), Oviedo.
Att.: 750.

Argentina, the only team in the tournament not headed to the 2015 Women's World Cup, never had a chance as Press had the first hat trick of her international career by the 40th minute, and Lloyd needed only seven minutes more to get the second hat trick of her career. Press added her fourth goal to wrap up the scoring in the 78th minute.

Lloyd has now scored in seven consecutive games, two away from matching the U.S. record of nine set by Michelle Akers in 1991.

The USA outshot Argentina 28-1 as goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher had to make just one save in her international debut. She became the seventh U.S. goalkeeper to post a shutout in her first cap.

The only down note was a stoppage-time red card to sub Sydney Leroux that will keep her out of play on Sunday. She had started the first two games.

The match had been delayed a day before of flooding at the Brasilia stadium that had been used for the World Cup. In Thursday's second game, Brazil beat China, 4-1, to give it three wins in three games

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3 comments about "Press and Lloyd combine for all seven in U.S. win".
  1. John Soares, December 19, 2014 at 2:33 p.m.

    Sure would be nice to have these games on TV... even on a pre-recorded, delayed basis. Top rated team in the world!!! Never would happen to the men's team!?

  2. Christopher Tallmadge, December 19, 2014 at 8:29 p.m.

    What kind of knucklehead gets a red card in stoppage time with a 7-0 lead?

  3. JLenning 140, December 22, 2014 at 2:23 p.m.

    Just saw this article...

    Sorry John, but they aren’t the top rated team in the world any more after the abysmal performances at last year’s Algarve cup and this little tourney down in Brazil. Germany now has that top spot.

    The Men’s team is televised because they put a better product on the field. It’s more entertaining and captures a broader audience. If US Soccer wants to expand the demographics for their women’s team, they are going to have to move past the tired, old warrior girl approach to the sport. The rest of the world is modeling their women’s programs after their men’s programs. Technical and tactical ability rate equal or ahead of physical and mental. In the US the Women’s side is too arrogant to look to the men’s game for clues on how to develop players and tactically approach the game. This is why the Women’s team is slipping and hasn’t won a world cup since ’99, nor have the youth teams had any success with this tired old model – how did the last crop of ‘17s do? 20s? Ugly soccer. Poor results. Best U20 player for the US plays in Europe and this current coaching staff says that’s a concern and it’s going to hurt her chances with the senior team? What?

    They still may pull it off in Canada, who knows, but with an aging defense, and having to rely on physical superiority to get results, I believe they will struggle late in the tournament against more technical teams like Germany, Japan, Sweden, and France.

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