USWNT Rapinoe shines in 6-0 win over Colombia

Orlando, Florida, USA, January 22, 2021, USA Captain Megan Rapinoe smiles as she leaves during half time, in a friendly match against Colombia.. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

ORLANDO, FL – The United States Women’s National Soccer Team once again dominated the Colombian National Team 6-0 in their second match of the year at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL.

Team USA newcomer Catarina Macario had two firsts in the match. It was her first start, and she scored her first goal for the team three minutes into the match.

Orlando, Florida, USA, January 22, 2021, US midfielder Macario, Catarina #29 fight to keep the ball during the international friendly match against Colombia. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

It was the second appearance for the Brazilian-born, but Sand Diego raised newcomer, who received FIFA approval on January 13th to play with the US, just three months after gaining citizenship.

The win was not a surprise’s the US is the top ranked women’s national team in the world and facing the 26th ranked Colombian team in a pair of friendly’s was just a tune up on their path to the Olympics in Tokyo, if they happen.

Team USA started sven different players in the Friday match than they did on Monday’s 4-0 win over Colombia.

Orlando, Florida, USA, January 22, 2021, USA Captain Megan Rapinoe #15 takes a penalty shot and scores the third goal of the match against Colombia. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

Veteran Megan Rapinoe made the score 3-0 at the half with a goal in the 35th minute and a penalty kick in the 44th, giving her 54 career international goals.

Lynn Williams also scored with a header in the 60th minute, Lindsey Horan off a corner kick in the 73rd and Midge Purce (her first for the national team) in the 86th.

USA Goalkeeper had a quiet night as Colombia did not come close to scoring a goal, though they did manage two shots in the vicinity, better than the 0 attempts on Monday.

Orlando, Florida, USA, January 22, 2021, Colombian Goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda makes a save during in an International Friendly Match. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

Colombia Goalie Sandra Sepulveda was hard at work in both matches this week. On Monday, Sepulveda battled against 22 shots, 11 on target. On Friday, the fought off 33 shots, with 12 on goal.

The USWNT next faces action against three teams that have qualified for the Olympics in the SheBelieves Cup in February,

They face Canada, Japan, and Brazil starting February 18th at Exploria Stadium in Orlando.

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