Crystal Dunn (above) and Allie Long had field days against Russia. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)
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FRISCO, Texas — If you really, really want to get technical, the final score of the U.S. women’s international friendly at Toyota Stadium Wednesday night was actually the Albertson Fury 4, Russia 0.
A pair of former Albertson Fury standouts, Crystal Dunn and Allie Long each struck for two goals to power the Americans to a comprehensive 4-0 triumph. The USA, the second-ranked women’s team in the world, snapped a two-game losing streak that it had incurred during the recent SheBelieves Cup it hosted.
“It’s always good to rebound with a victory,” U.S. head coach Jill Ellis said. “There was a lot of things we took away from SheBelieves. In the business you’re in, and right now because [the 2019 World Cup] is so far away, everything becomes about the next game, in terms of your mentality.”
Dunn, a Rockville Centre, N.Y. native who joined Chelsea (England) earlier this season, connected twice on the same field where she tied a national team record with five goals in a match during CONCACAF Olympic qualifying in 2016.
“I think it’s important for all of us to feel like we played our role and played it to our best ability,” Dunn told reporters. “For me, I had a great game I think. And it was all to my teammates supplying me the ball and feeding off me.”
Long, who grew up Northport, N.Y., also struck for a brace — both goals on headers. In fact, all five of the Portland Thorns FC midfielder’s international goals have been scored off her head.
Someone had given Long a hard time about not scoring from her feet internationally.
“I thought it was a joke,” she said. “And now it’s been true. So I need to like break the curse.”
Perhaps she will have an opportunity in Houston, when these two teams tussle again Sunday.
Decent night at the office for the #USWNT 💼👌 Relive every moment from Round 1 of #USAvRUS as 🇺🇸 wins, 4-0, in Texas.
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The USA established the game’s tempo in the opening minutes before a capacity crowd of 15,191 and broke through in the 10th minute when a Carli Lloyd feed found Dunn to open the scoring. Lloyd, the team captain, recorded her 55th international assist.
Long’s header eight minutes later after a Rose Lavelle corner found her near the right post doubled in the U.S. lead. Dunn again found herself on the left side in the 41st minute and finished again to the lower right corner after winning a long ball sent over the top.
The goal marked Dunn’s second career multi-goal game, with the first coming last year on Feb. 15, also at this stadium.
That’s when the one-time University of North Carolina standout tallied five goals in a 10-0 victory over Puerto Rico. Dunn has 20 goals in 49 international appearances.
“Actually for a second I didn’t remember that it was this field and then kind of pregame training yesterday, I was like, ‘Wait, I remember this field,'” Dunn said. “Going in to today’s game, I’m not going to lie, I was kind of like, ‘Yeah, this could be a good night.’ ”
Dunn added: “I was telling the girls, we need to come to Texas once a year for the rest of my career.”
After missing a penalty kick, Long added a second goal in the 70th minute to record her second multi-goal international match. Her first career two-goal performance came exactly a year ago on April 6, 2016 in a 7-0 triumph over Columbia in East Hartford, Conn.
U.S. national team newcomer Rose Lavelle recorded her first career assist on Long’s first header, and Mallory Pugh assisted on the second.
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher recorded her eighth shutout in her 11th career start for the U.S.
USA – Crystal Dunn (Carli Lloyd) 10th minute
USA – Allie Long (Rose Lavelle) 18
USA – Crystal Dunn 41
USA – Allie Long (Mallory Pugh) 70
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 2-Mallory Pugh (8-Amy Rodriguez, 80), 3-Samantha Mewis, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara (22-Megan Oyster, 68), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.)(13-Alex Morgan, 46), 14-Casey Short, 16-Rose Lavelle (15-Megan Rapinoe, 80), 19-Crystal Dunn (23-Christen Press, 64), 20-Allie Long
Subs not used: 24–Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis
RUS: 12-Alena Belyaeva; 4-Tatiana Sheikina (22-Ksenia Kovalenko, 72), 6-Nadeshda Karpova, 8-Daria Makarenko, 9-Anna Cholovyaga, 10-Elena Terekhova (capt.)(17-Ekaterina Pantiukhina, 46), 11-Ekaterina Sochneva, 13-Anna Belomyttseva, 18-Elvira Ziiastinova, 20-Margarita Chernomyrdina, 23-Elena Morozova (15-Elena Danilova, 16)
Subs: 1-Tatiana Shcerbak, 2-Nelli Korovkina, 5-Ekaterina Lazareva, 16-Anastasiia Pozdeeva, 19-Ekaterina Morozova
Head coach: Elena Fomina
Stats Summary: USA / RUS
Shots: 33 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 16 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 19
Offside: 9 / 1
RUS – Elena Danilova (caution) 55th minute
RUS – Tatiana Sheikina (caution) 66
RUS – Anna Cholovyaga (caution) 74
USA – Christen Press (caution) 90
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nelly Alvarado (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Linda Ayala (SLV)
4th Official: Marian Leon (SLV)
Woman of the Match: Allie Long