The U.S. women's national team put on one of its best performances of the year, showing off the depth and diversity of its attack with five goals in 33 minutes on either side of first half for a 5-0
win over New Zealand before a crowd of 30,596 in Cincinnati. Alex Morgan
came off the bench to score two goals in the second half, the first after just 28 seconds.
, Mallory Pugh
and Lynn Williams
Horan opened the scoring in the 36th minute with a looping header from 16 yards out off a long cross from
. Horan was the provider eight minutes later, splitting the All Whites' defense with a through ball for Mallory Pugh
, who broke free of the New Zealand backline and beat
goalkeeper Erin Nayler
To start the second half, Morgan came in from the left side and put away a pass that deflected off a New Zealand defender. Nine minutes later, Williams,
another second-half sub, scored on a header off a pass from Kelley O'Hara
. Morgan finished off the scoring in the 69th minute with a blast to the near post off a pass from Pugh.
New Zealand could not handle the pace of Pugh and Williams, who had not played for the USA since the spring with an ankle injury. In addition to Morgan, who came on for Megan Rapinoe
Williams, on for Christen Press
, Tobin Heath
came off the bench in the second half for Pugh, making her first appearance since March 7 after being sidelined from both the Portland Thorns
and USA due to a back injury.
In addition, Crystal Dunn
, the USA leading scorer with four goals and one assist in 2017, did not dress, and Carli Lloyd
, who has been injured,
did not accompany the USA for its September series. Hometown angle.
Cincinnati native Rose Lavelle
, who was bothered by
a hamstring injury this summer, started but left the game in the 33rd minute as a precaution. Crowd count.
The crowd of 30,596
at Nippert Stadium was the largest the U.S. women have drawn since a crowd of 31,950 in New Orleans for Abby Wambach
's farewell game in December 2015. Sept. 19 in Cincinnati, Ohio
USA 5 New Zealand 0.
Goals: Horan 36, Pugh 44, Morgan 46, 69, Williams 55.
Naeher; Short, Sauerbrunn (Smith, 46), Dahlkemper, O'Hara; Mewis (Brian, 57), Ertz, Lavelle (Horan, 33); Rapinoe (Morgan, 46), Press (Williams, 46), Pugh (Heath, 72). New
Nayler; Riley, Moore, Stott, Percival (Bott, 86); Yallop (Chance, 58), Bowen, Hassett (Rood, 90+3), Longo (Cleverley, 80); White (Phillips, 76), Wilkinson (Puketapu, 89).
30,596. Next up:
The USA will play South Korea on Oct. 19 in New Orleans and on Oct. 22 in Cary, N.C.