Carli Lloyd goes up for a head ball in the second half. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)
ST. LOUIS — Carli Lloyd came off the bench to strike twice in the second half to help power the U.S. women’s national team to a 5-0 victory over New Zealand at Busch Stadium Thursday night.
Tobin Heath, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis also scored for the United States in the penultimate Send-Off match for the Women’s World Cup in France.
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher recorded the shutout, the 24th of her career.
Heath and Lavelle scored six minutes apart in the first half to break open the match.
Lloyd found the net only 44 seconds after entering in the 61st minute.
Heath tapped home a cross from Megan Rapinoe in the 35th minute for a 1-0 lead. It was Heath’s 29th international goal for Heath.
Lavelle converted a left-footed deflection off a pass from Lindsey Horan.
Heath’s goal came three minutes after Naeher punched out a free kick from Anna Green just outside the box.
Lloyd, who has 48 international goals since 2015, also scored off a toe-to-toe pass from Heath late in the game.
New Zealand is directed by former U.S. national team coach Tom Sermanni.
The Americans face Mexico in their final tune-up at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. May 26.