The highlight of the game was Kristie Mewis' goal in the second half. She was making her first appearance for the USA since March 10, 2014, when she took the field with Sam, her younger sister, in the 61st minute. Ten minutes later, she iced the victory when she split two defenders and scored after Williams touched on a long ball played by Naeher that skimmed off the head of a Dutch defender.
The goal was was her second international goal and came 2,722 days -- more than seven tears -- after her first on June 15, 2013, the longest span between goals in U.S. women's history.
"I just had to re-watch it actually," Mewis said of the goal, "because I think I blacked out on what actually happened. I was so nervous to shoot it, but I just wound up and gave it the best I could."
She turned around and saw her sister and Alex Morgan, a second-half sub, running toward her.
"It’s a very surreal moment for me," she added. "It hasn't really sunk in yet.”
Mewis played on five different NWSL teams in the league's first five seasons -- including two trades in nine days in 2017 -- and then missed almost a full year when she tore her ACL in May 2018. But she played well enough in 2019 that she was called in for the national team's ID camp organized for Andonovski to get a look at players after he took the job. He was Mewis' coach at FC Kansas City in 2013 when she entered the NWSL and she earned the first of her 15 caps for the USA.
Andonovski said he was happy for Mewis, considering the adversity she overcame to make her way back into the team.
“She was very good in camp, trained very well and deserved to be on the field today," he said. "The fact she did as good as she did makes me very happy and proud of her.”
Mewis certainly deserved her chance, considering she helped Houston win the Challenge Cup, then dished out five assists for the Dash in two games during the Fall Series
“I felt oddly comfortable,” she said. “I was definitely a little bit nervous but I did feel comfortable. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face, like I was trying to be so serious but I couldn't."
The game marked the third time the Mewis sisters had been on the field at the same time.
“I just saw Sam and she was smiling at me," Kristie said, "and I did feel oddly comfortable and I think it was probably because she was on the field and obviously I've been training with the other players so I did feel a sense of comfort.”