USWNT: Lynn Williams' magic touch continues

Lynn Williams helped the Western New York Flash win its first NWSL title, scoring deep into stoppage time to send the 2016 final to a shootout. She entered the USA's friendly against Switzerland to start the second half and needed just 49 seconds into her first international appearance to score and spark a 4-0 win in Sandy, Utah.

Five players earned their first cap, including a pair of collegians, Andi Sullivan, who started, and sub Ashley Hatch, a senior at nearby BYU. Chicago Red Stars defender Casey Short also started and Flash defender Abby Dahlkemper came on in the second half.

With her first touch in a U.S. uniform, Williams stole an errant backpass and scored on a breakaway. Tobin Heath and Christen Press, both 2015 U.S. World Cup champions and 2016 Olympians, and Samantha Mewis, a 2016 Olympic alternate and another of the young Flash players Jill Ellis called in for the Switzerland series, scored the other goals.

The game also marked a change in formation as Ellis employed a 3-5-2 with Allie Long, normally a center midfielder, in the back flanked by co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn and Emily Sonnett.

The USA and Switzerland will play the second of their friendlies on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Oct. 19 in Sandy, Utah
USA 4 Switzerland 0. Goals: Williams 46, Heath 61, Press 69, Mewis 76.
USA -- Naeher; Sonnett (Press, 46), Long (Dahlkemper, 72), Sauerbrunn; Heath (Hatch, 75), Sullivan (Mewis, 75), Brian, Horan (Williams, 46), Short; Lloyd (O'Hara, 64), Dunn.
Switzerland -- Thalmann; Kuster, Kiwic, Abbe, Maritz; Mauron (Mueller, 62), Moser, Zehnder, Aigbogun; Willi (Deplazes, 46), Calligaris.
Att.: 14,336.

2 comments about "USWNT: Lynn Williams' magic touch continues".
  1. Karl Schreiber, October 20, 2016 at 1:36 p.m.

    A very nice practice game indeed! Congrats to players and coaching staff, especially to the 'new' players!! And just another example that proved wrong precious comments about the absence of a soccer culture in the US, as in the discussions here about the U17 WNT disaster in Jordan. The spectators in Sandy, Utah, and by the sound mostly the girls and young women in the crowd, reacted with ohs and ahs to good passing combinations, passes into an open space etc. And similar reactions are evident at ‘big games’ all over. Would Seattle Sounders average 45,000 in mid-week games if there wasn’t an appreciation of the game? Anyhow: Good developments are taking place for the US WNT. The ‘new’ players seem to integrate almost seamlessly. Something went wrong for the U17 WNT selection process and then the coaching. – I’m really looking forward to the second game against Switzerland.

  2. Bob Ashpole, October 20, 2016 at 7:41 p.m.

    What a pleasure to watch new players fit in so well. Anyone who thinks the US WNT program is in decline should watch this friendly. Ellis is looking for depth everywhere in the player pool and apparently she is going to find it.

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