U.S. women triumph before 32,869 fans in Orlando

In the final match of longtime stars Lori Chalupny and Lauren Holiday, the USA gave them a winning sendoff with a 3-1 win over Brazil before 32,869 fans at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. The win was the first over Brazil in four meetings in the last year.

Lauren Holiday
Caps: 133, Goals: 24.
Titles:
2015 Women's World Cup.
2012 Olympics.
2008 Olympics.

Lori Chalupny
Caps: 106, Goals: 10.
Titles:
2015 Women's World Cup.
2008 Olympics.

Brazil beat and tied the USA last December in an international tournament in Brasilia and was within five minutes of winning on Wednesday night in Seattle before the USA and Brazil settled for a 1-1 tie. On Sunday,  Brazil was in charge for large portions of the match, but the USA led on a goal by Alex Morgan, who received a perfect through pass from Tobin Heath, in the ninth minute.

In the 45th minute, Brazil equalized when Cristiane scored with a powerful left-footed shot from just inside the penalty box, but the USA answered almost immediately, going into halftime with a 2-1 lead when Crystal Dunn scored on a rebound after Lindsey Horan's header was blocked by Brazil goalkeeper Luciana.

Stephanie McCaffrey scored in her international debut to put the game away in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage, when she volleyed home a perfect Megan Rapinoe cross from the left side for the final score line.

University of Virginia senior Emily Sonnett started in her first cap and played the entire 90 minutes next to former Cavalier Becky Sauerbrunn. Veteran defender Gina Lewandowski also earned her first cap as a substitute.

Oct. 25 in Orlando, Florida
USA 3 Brazil 1. Goals: Morgan 9, Dunn 45+3, McCaffrey 90+4; Cristiane 45.
USA -- Solo; Krieger (Lewandowski, 74), Sonnett, Sauerbrunn, Chalupny (Klingenberg, 21); Dunn (Rapinoe, 60), Holiday (Lloyd, 56), Brian, Heath (McCaffrey, 46); Horan (Rodriguez, 80), Morgan.
Brazil -- Luciana; Fabiana, Rafaelle, Andressinha, Tamires (Beatriz, 71), Thaisa, Andressa Alves, Erika, Formiga (Gabi Zanotti, 63), Marta, Cristiane.
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA).
Att.: 32,869.

U.S. Victory Tour:
Dec. 6: Trinidad & Tobago in Honolulu, Hawaii
Dec. 10: Trinidad & Tobago in San Antonio, Texas
Dec. 13: China in Glendale, Arizona
Dec. 16: China in New Orleans, Louisiana
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