Carli Lloyd scored twice in the second half. (Matthew Levine/Outfoxed Media Photo)
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Mallory Pugh started it with a goal and her second-half substitute Carli Lloyd put an exclamation on it with two goals as the U.S women’s national team registered a 4-0 victory over Chile at Avaya Stadium Tuesday night.
The win capped off a two-match sweep of Women’s World Cup-bound Chile.
Similar to Friday’s first matchup, a 3-0 triumph, the Americans controlled the game from the outset, but this time took longer to break through in the attacking third. Chile came out with a more fire this time, managing more shots than it was able to produce in the teams’ first encounter.
Chile again had a superb performance from goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who saved eight of 12 shots on goal.
The Americans broke though in the 34th minute after Pugh was brought down inside the penalty area. Endler saved Alex Morgan’s penalty kick, but Heath was first to the rebound near the left post and sent a quick cross to Pugh, who used her knee to knock it home from close range.
Heath added a second score five minutes later off a set play and sent the USA into the locker room with a 2-0 lead.
To start the second half, U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis brought on Lloyd for Pugh and two-time Best FIFA Women’s Player award winner wasted no time scoring, making it 3-0 for the U.S. only 70 seconds after stepping on the field. Lloyd, 36, became the second oldest player to score for the U.S. after Kristine Lilly, who scored at age 38.
Lloyd, who plays for Sky Blue FC, added another goal in stoppage time, beating her defender one-v-one and finishing with a shot to the far side netting for the final 4-0 score line. She has 102 international goals.
Next up, the U.S. will look to earn a 2019 Women’s World Cup berth as it begins Group A play at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will be played from Oct. 4-17. The Americans open their qualifying run against Mexico (7:30 p.m. ET) Oct. 4, faces Panama on Oct. 7 (5 p.m. ET) and then finishes group play against T&T on Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m. ET). All three games being played at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.