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The United States Women’s National Team will seek to inflict more misery on Mexico on Sunday, as they meet in the second of their friendly double-header.
The BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas will be the venue for this encounter, as Jillian Ellis’ side will seek to build on their 4-1 win over their rivals on Thursday evening in Jacksonville, Florida.
It’ll be intriguing to see how Ellis goes about setting her side up for the second game, as some fringe players may get the chance to impress ahead of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup next year. Mexico, meanwhile, will need to raise their levels if another mauling is to be avoided.
Given the irresistible form the USWNT are in, this is not an encounter to be missed. Here are the viewing details you need for this encounter and a look ahead to the game.
Date: Sunday, April 8
Time: 1:30 p.m. (ET), 6:30 p.m. (BST)
TV Info: Fox Sports (U.S.)
Live Stream: Fox Soccer Match Pass (U.S.)
USWNT Look to Continue Excellent Form
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The United States were always going to be the big favourites for victory against Mexico on Thursday. But there was a spell of football in the second half that was special, even by their own standards.
In the first period they went ahead through Mallory Pugh and while Mexico dug in to keep the deficit at one goal for a while, after the break they were blown away by three goals in the space of four minutes.
Alex Morgan got the first two, with the first coming from the penalty spot, while Carli Lloyd added more gloss to the scoreline with a fourth. Here’s a reminder of that excellent spell, per the team’s official Twitter account:
The performance was a show of strength from Ellis’ team, whose last defeat came in July last year to Australia. They appear to be hitting form at the perfect time too, with the CONCACAF Championship, in which the top three finishers qualify for the World Cup, around the corner.
Morgan, in particular, was so dangerous in this win over Mexico, with her second goal showcasing the kind of penalty-box instincts that have made her such an important player for Ellis. However, per statistician Paul Carr, it was the first time she’s scored a penalty in her USWNT career:
Paul Carr @PaulCarrTM
Alex Morgan’s first goal tonight was her first #USWNT penalty out of her (now) 83 international goals.
Elsewhere, Sunday has the potential to be one of the most memorable days in the career of Lloyd, even for someone who has achieved as much as her.
Lloyd returns to the city following her trade from Houston Dash to Sky Blue FC in the off-season. Additionally, her goal against Mexico took her on to 99 international goals. Only five other players in the country’s history have accrued a century of strikes for the USWNT.
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The 35-year-old was actually on the bench for the first of these two encounters. As relayed by journalist Jonathan Tannenwald, Lloyd appears keen to work hard and secure her spot back in the team:
Jonathan Tannenwald @thegoalkeeper
Carli Lloyd to @Katie_Witham on FS1: “I’m trying to get my butt off the bench and make a statement. I’m having fun and enjoying it.”
Given she can accomplish an historic feat here, Lloyd will surely feature from the off and all those in attendance will be desperate to see her reach a century. Elsewhere, Ellis is rotate to get fresh legs and faces into the side.
It’s difficult to see what Mexico can do differently, as while they’ve improved lately, the gulf in class between both sides was there for all to see. Those in attendance in Texas will be expecting a festival of football and for some history to be made; it’d be no shock whatsoever if those wishes were fulfilled.
Prediction: USWNT 3-0 Mexico