Tue, 29 Sep 2020

U.S. offense surges late to seal win over Haiti

Field Level Media
29 Jan 2020, 13:55 GMT+10

Christen Press scored 78 seconds into the match, and the United States Women's National Team went on to a 4-0 victory over Haiti at Houston in the opening game of CONCACAF Group A qualifying for the 2020 Olympics at Tokyo.

Megan Rapinoe came on as a substitute in the second half and jump-started a stagnant offense with a pair of assists off corner kicks. Rapinoe fed Lynn Williams from the corner for one score and received a short corner before feeding Lindsey Horan for another goal.

Carli Lloyd scored on a header in second-half stoppage time on a pass from Julie Ertz.

The victory moved the United States atop Group A along with Costa Rica, which earned a 6-1 victory over Panama earlier Tuesday in the first game of the doubleheader at Houston.

It was the U.S.'s first official match under new head coach Vlatko Andonovski, who took over for Jill Ellis after she left the program not long after winning the World Cup title last year.

The opening goal from Press came off a centering pass from Williams. After losing her left shoe, Williams chased the ball toward the end line and sent a right-footed cross to an unmarked Press, who delivered with the inside of her left foot.

Haiti appeared to score in the 19th minute off a corner kick, but the sideline official nullified the goal for what appeared to be an offsides call.

Williams' goal came in the 67th minute off a header from Rapinoe's corner kick. Horan scored in the 73rd minute when Rapinoe found her with a pass behind the Haiti defense. Horan also scored with her head.

Group A qualifying will continue Friday when the United States faces Panama, and again Monday with a matchup against Costa Rica. Group B play also is being conducted in Houston between Canada, Mexico, Jamaica and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals and finals of CONCACAF qualifying Feb. 7 and 9 at Carson, Calif., in the home of the MLS's Los Angeles Galaxy.

Japan, Brazil, Great Britain, Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand already have advanced to the Olympics field, with six more spots up for grabs.

The USWNT has four gold medals and one silver in Olympic competition, but did not medal at the 2016 Olympics.

--Field Level Media

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