USA-Romania: U.S. women complete unbeaten season

The U.S. women's national team closed out its 2016 season with a 5-0 win over Romania in front of 20,336 fans at StubHub Center to finish the year with a 22-0-3 record, its best ever in a year during which it played 10 or more games.

The USA went 18-0-4 in 2006 and 13-0-3 in 2013. The win gave Jill Ellis a 58-3-13 as national team coach. Her only losses were to Brazil in 2014 and France and China in 2015, all friendly games. The shootout loss to Sweden in the Olympic quarterfinals counts as a tie.

The USA, which beat Romania, 8-1, on Thursday, held the Romanians without a shot, finishing with a 31-0 edge in shots. Once again, Ellis started a mix of starters and backups, plus players trying to break into the senior team.

A own goal by Teodora Meluta gave the USA the lead into the 20th minute. Crystal Dunn made it 2-0 in the final seconds of the first half.

Christen Press scored in her fourth consecutive game in the 55th minute before Morgan Brian and Samantha Mewis added late goals.

Nov. 13 in Carson, Calif.
USA 5 Romania 0. Goals: own goal 20, Dunn 45+1, Press 55, Brian pen. 88, Mewis 90+1.
USA -- Naeher; Sauerbrunn (O'Hara, 70), Long (Mewis, 70), Short (Krieger, 46); Ohai (Morgan, 46), Sullivan, Brian, Heath; Dunn (Horan, 61), Williams (Johnston, 46), Press.
Romania -- Oprea, Bortan, Giurgiu (Tarasila, 79), Ficzay, Vatafu, Rus (Havristiuc, 63), Voicu (Popa, 88), Meluta, Gorea (Corduneanu, 52), Batea (Lunca, 46), Ciolacu (Carp, 82).
Att.: 20,336.

1 comment about "USA-Romania: U.S. women complete unbeaten season".
  1. Carl Hudson, November 14, 2016 at 8:58 a.m.

    As usual, Brian continued to prove her ineptitude except for a well-taken PK.
    Sullivan, Short and Williams showed very little positive. Morgan, on as a sub, played with the most energy she has shown in a year, though her shots were slightly off target. She also looked physically fragile. And what is it with all these short corner kicks? Whose absurd idea is this? I admit that one (luckily) worked out, but most came to naught. This team has considerable work to do.

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