By Sandra Herrera NBC Sports
The USWNT closed out their January camp with another win as they defeated Colombia 6-0 on Friday night at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The win comes after the team won 4-0 on Monday in their first match against Colombia.
Head coach Vlatko Andonovski made several rotations to the starting XI ahead of the second and final match of the camp closing friendlies. The USWNT lineup saw a complete shift in the defense with Emily Sonnett, Alana Cook, Tierna Davidson, Ali Krieger rounded out the backline while Jane Campbell was slotted in at goalkeeper. Catarina Macario earned her first start as a member of the USWNT.
Largely considered favorites after defeating Colombia on Monday, The U.S. made early work of establishing their tempo, scoring in the 3rd minute with a goal from Catarina Macario. A high paced 20 minutes settled out as Colombia grew into the game, with more big saves from goalkeeper Sandra Sepúlveda. Megan Rapinoe would extend the lead with a goal in the 35th minute, and a third in the 44th minute as she converted a penalty kick for the U.S. just ahead of halftime.
Carrying a three goal lead into the second half was impressive, and Andonovski made adjustments just after the team went up with a fourth goal by Lynn Williams at the hour mark. The team would see defenders Crystal Dunn and Midge Purce sub in and play together on the top line. Lindsey Horan scored a fifth goal for USA in the 73rd minute, and Purce would close out the night with a header in the 86th minute for the sixth goal on the night.
USWNT 6, Colombia 0 (Fulltime)
⚽ USA: Catarina Macario (3′)
⚽ USA: Megan Rapinoe (35′)
⚽ USA: Megan Rapinoe (PK 44′)
⚽ USA: Lynn Williams (60′)
⚽ USA: Lindsey Horan (73′)
⚽ USA: Midge Purce (86′)
Catarina Macario opens the scoring: It took just three minutes for Macario to score her first goal in her first USWNT start as Ali Krieger sent a lofty cross for the opening assist for the 21-year-old.
Megan Rapinoe scores the second goal for the U.S.: Some good pressure on the ball from Sonnett and Rapinoe created the turnover and space for Rapinoe to extend the lead for USWNT.
Rapinoe from the Spot: Megan Rapinoe Scores a Brace to Lead the USWNT Going into the Half