The U.S. women's national team closed out their January camps with a win as they defeated Colombia 6-0 on Friday night at Exploria Stadium in Orlando,Florida. The win comes after the team won 4-0 on Monday in their first match against Colombia.
Head coach Vlatko Andonovski made several rotations to the starting XI ahead of the second and final match of the camp closing friendlies. The USWNT lineup saw a complete shift in the defense with Emily Sonnett, Alana Cook, Tierna Davidson, Ali Krieger rounded out the backline while Jane Campbell was slotted in at goalkeeper. Catarina Macario earned her first start as a member of the USWNT.
Largely considered favorites after defeating Colombia on Monday, The U.S. made early work of establishing their tempo, scoring in the 3rd minute with a goal from Catarina Macario. A high paced 20 minutes settled out as Colombia grew into the game, with more big saves from goalkeeper Sandra Sepúlveda. Megan Rapinoe would extend the lead with a goal in the 35th minute, and a third in the 44th minute as she converted a penalty kick for the U.S. just ahead of halftime.
Carrying a three goal lead into the second half was impressive, and Andonovski made adjustments just after the team went up with a fourth goal by Lynn Williams at the hour mark. The team would see defenders Crystal Dunn and Midge Purce sub in and play together on the top line. Lindsey Horan scored a fifth goal for USA in the 73rd minute, and Purce would close out the night with a header in the 86th minute for the sixth goal on the night.
USWNT 6, Colombia 0 (Fulltime)
⚽ USA: Catarina Macario (3')
⚽ USA: Megan Rapinoe (35')
⚽ USA: Megan Rapinoe (PK 44')
⚽ USA: Lynn Williams (60')
⚽ USA: Lindsey Horan (73')
⚽ USA: Midge Purce (86')
Catarina Macario opens the scoring: It took just three minutes for Macario to score her first goal in her first USWNT start as Ali Krieger sent a lofty cross for the opening assist for the 21-year-old.
Megan Rapinoe scores the second goal for the U.S.: Some good pressure on the ball from Sonnett and Rapinoe created the turnover and space for Rapinoe to extend the lead for USWNT.
Midge Purce late game header: Subbed on in the second half, Purce stayed persistent in the teams' press and remained active in front of goal. The payoff came late, as Lloyd provided the service into the box as Purce connected calmly and coolly for the sixth goal on the evening.
Catarina Macario, USWNT: The Brazilian-American got her first start in her second match with the team, and opened the scoring in the third minute. Her interchanging play with Rose Lavelle was infectious as the team continued to match the energy. Rating: 8.5
What her teammates are saying: Megan Rapinoe sang the young prospect's praises after the match. Having played with her with such a short time, Rapinoe believes Macario is a next level athlete for the national team.
"Cat is a different kind of player than I think that we've ever had. She's a different nine than than we've ever had, She drops in a little bit more, plays more like a false nine. She's creative obviously, she can score goals, but it's like the translation I think . . . She's still getting comfortable but she's going to be fire, and I think we all can see that."
Lynn Williams, USWNT: Williams ability on the pitch has been matched by a system that suits her talents. Her movement on and off the ball has provided open space in dangerous areas in the final third. Her efforts paid off as she scored in the second half. Rating: 8.5
Ali Krieger, USWNT: Set up the opening goal assisting Macario in the third minute of the game, and remained heavily involved in the attack throughout the match. Rating: 7.5
USWNT is now undefeated in 2021 and as they continue their preparation towards the Olympics, they will first host the SheBelieves Cup next month in February. They will take on Brazil, Japan, and CONCACAF rivals Canada.