Portugal goalkeeper Patricia Morais stopped Carli Lloyd in the opening half, but could not deny her in the second half. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. women’s national team celebrated yet another win on its Victory Tour in style, recording a 4-0 triumph over Portugal in an international friendly at Lincoln Financial Field Thursday night.
Tobin Heath, Morgan Brian, Carli Lloyd and Allie Long scored for the Americans, who played before more than 50,000 spectators, a record for a stand-alone women’s game other than a World Cup in the United States.
The USA, which secured its second successive Women’s World Cup crown in France last month, bolted out to a two-goal advantage by the 18th minute.
With the game barely four minutes old, Heath started the onslaught from close range before Brian doubled the lead 14 minutes later past goalkeeper Patricia Morais.
Performing in her 283rd international match,Lloyd tallied her 115th goal of her career, tapping home a Lindsay Horan header in the penalty area.
A native of nearby Delran, N.J., Lloyd celebrated her goal by flapping her arms like a bird flying, as in the Philadelphia Eagles’ song, “Fly, Eagles, Fly,” and by raising both arms in the air to signify a converted field goal. She recently took some practice field goals during Eagles training camp and is considering the possibility of kicking in the NFL.
Jessica McDonald almost scored in the 68th minute as her shot from the left side of the box bounced off the right post.
Ten minutes later, the USA thought it had upped its lead, but a goal was called back due to a Christen Press handball.
Long, a Northport, N.Y. native, increased the lead to 4-0 in the 82nd minute as she headed home a Lloyd right-wing cross as she slipped between two defenders and scored from close range. It was Long’s seventh international goal. Long, who came on in the second half, also celebrated her goal by flapping her arms.
Defender Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, N.Y. also was a second-half substitute.
Press came close again in the 86th minute, but her shot in the box bounded off the right post.
The teams will tussle again at Minneapolis-St. Paul at Allianz Field Sept. 3.