Lynn Williams, USWNT Star, Scores Brace as They Thoroughly Outclass South Africa with a 3-0 Victory
The USWNT returned in style, thrashing South Africa 3-0 in a farewell match for Julie Ertz. Vintage performance proves their quality.
The U.S. women's national team (USWNT) made a triumphant return to the field after their disappointing performance in the FIFA Women's World Cup. They dominated their South African opponents with a resounding 3-0 victory in Cincinnati.
This match also served as a farewell to Julie Ertz, a revered defensive player who has had an illustrious career. Ertz started and played 35 minutes in her final game for the national team.
The USWNT's interim head coach, Twila Kilogre, took charge for the first time in this game. It marked the beginning of a new chapter for the team as they set their sights on the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, which will take place in 10 months.
Despite the focus on the future, there was still room for new talent to shine. Defender M.A. Vignola made her debut, and those who didn't make it to the World Cup roster also had a chance to showcase their skills.
According to CBSsports, this match was an opportunity for the USWNT to prove that they still possess a high level of quality. They faced a South Africa team that is on the rise, and the four-time World Cup winners delivered a vintage performance that was sorely missed during the summer tournament.
The goals came thick and fast for the US women. Lynn Williams scored in the 32nd and 41st minutes, while Trinity Rodman found the back of the net in the 34th minute. These goals secured a comfortable victory for the USWNT at Cincinnati's TQP Stadium.
This friendly match was the first for the USA since their disappointing exit from the World Cup in the last 16 against Sweden in August. The team's underwhelming performance led to the resignation of coach Vlatko Andonovski, leaving Twila Kilgore in charge for this game.
Despite the disappointment of the World Cup, the USWNT showed no signs of a hangover. They quickly took control of the game against South Africa, who had reached the last 16 in the World Cup but were defeated by the Netherlands.
Lynn Williams opened the scoring with a close-range header from a corner on the left, giving the US women a 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later, Trinity Rodman extended the lead with a composed finish after a brilliant run and cross from Alex Morgan.
Williams completed the scoring in the 41st minute, capitalizing on South Africa's failure to deal with another American setpiece. She tapped the ball in from a few yards out, securing a convincing victory for the USWNT.
Overall, this match showcased the USWNT's resilience and determination to bounce back from their World Cup disappointment. With new talent emerging and experienced players bidding farewell, the team is ready to embark on a new journey towards the Olympic Games in Paris.