USA 5-0 New Zealand: USWNT cruises to convincing friendly win, Alex Morgan scores twice

A superb second-half brace from Alex Morgan lifted the U.S. women's national team to a convincing 5-0 victory over New Zealand on Tuesday in a friendly in Cincinnati. Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh scored in the first half, with Morgan coming on at the break and letting loose, with Lynn Williams also finding the net. Here are the goals.

Horan scored a fine header on 36 minutes to open the scoring, lifting the ball over the goalkeeper:

Then it was speedy Pugh, with a quality finish down the right just before halftime:

Then Morgan scored 30 seconds after coming on with a low strike:

Williams scored in the 55th minute with this goal:

And Morgan got her 77th career USWNT goal on 69 minutes with this effort:

That's 8-1 over New Zealand if you include this past weekend's 3-1 friendly. That's going to be quite the long trip back for the visitors, while the U.S. team builds a little momentum before friendly matches in October against South Korea. 

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