The USA got two goals each from Crystal Dunn and Allie Long and won the first game of a two-game series against Russia, 4-0, before a sold-out crowd of 15,191 at Toyota Stadium in
Frisco, Texas. It opened up a 2-0 lead after 18 minutes and led 3-0 at the half.
Dunn, who joined England's Chelsea this winter, was one of three U.S. players who returned from Europe for
the series. Carli Lloyd, who plays for Manchester City, set up Dunn with a delicate pass for the opening goal in the 10th minute.
Alex Morgan, who will meet Lloyd in the semifinals of the UEFA Women's Champions
League when Lyon faces Manchester City, came on for Lloyd at the start of the second half.
Long's two goals, both on headers, came exactly a year after her first multi-goal game for the
USA against Colombia in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Probably the most encouraging aspect of the game was the play of youngsters Rose Lavelle, whose assist on Long's first goal was
her first career assist, and Mallory Pugh, who set up Long's second goal.
Back from injuries were starters Meghan Klingenberg, who missed the SheBelieves Cup, and Kelley
O'Hara, who played only a limited role at the March tournament, and sub Megan Rapinoe, who made her first U.S. appearance in almost seven months.
Up Next: USA-Russia in Houston on Sunday, April 9 (ESPN: 2 p.m. ET).
April 6 in Frisco, Texas USA 4 Russia 0. Goals: Dunn 10, 41, Long 18, 70. USA -- Naeher, Sauerbrunn, O'Hara (Oyster, 68), Short, Klingenberg (Krieger, 46), Lloyd (Morgan, 46), Pugh (Rodriguez, 80), Mewis,
Lavelle (Rapinoe, 80), Dunn (Press, 64), Long. Russia -- Belyaeva; Sheikina (Kovalenko, 72), Karpova, Makarenko, Cholovyaga, Terekhova (Pantiukhina, 46), Sochneva, Belomyttseva,
Ziiastinova, Chernomyrdina, Morozova (Danilova, 16). Att.: 15,191.