From The Pitch California Love

U.S Women were playing a 3-4-3 formation in their second match against Romania.  This was their last match of 2016.   There were some good chances, but no goals.  Then in the 21st minute, a Crystal Dunn shot was deflected by Romania’s Teodora Meluta for an own goal and 1-0 U.S lead.   Despite Romania playing, a more disciplined game they gave another goal.  In stoppage time,  Christen Press gave a pass to Dunn to give the U.S a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

In the second half, Christen Press took a feed from Tobin Heath and scored in the 54th minute to increased the U.S lead to 3-0.   Then on a penalty kick, Morgan Brian scored in the 88th minute to give the U.S a 4-0 lead.   Sam Mewis closed out the scoring in stoppage time to give the U.S a 5-0 win.

Romania was not much of test for the United States, but  a lot of young players got a chance to play.   The U.S finished with a 22-0-3 record, but they still remember the lost to Sweden on penalties kicks in the Olympic quarterfinals.   FYI, FIFA doesn’t count penalty kicks as a loss.    What happens next?   Well the CBA expires on December 31st, and will there be games next year?    Will Hope Solo be back after her suspension ends in February?   As they say on television stay tuned.


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