LA, April 7 (Reuters) – The US women’s national team found the back of the net four times inside 45 minutes en route to a 6-0 humiliation of Belgium in a one-sided friendly match. The defending champions continue to build momentum ahead of their title defense in France this summer.
Carli Llyod took advantage of a long pass from Tierna Davidson to open their account with a leaping header that found the bottom corner of the goal in minute 14.
Five minutes on, the experienced midfielder powered another header to almost the same spot in the net to get the nearly 21,000 fans at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on their feet on a war, Southern California night.
“I know who I am. I know what I’m capable of,” Lloyd, who was making her first appearance this year, told reporters after the match.
Forward Lindsey Horan notched in another one off a corner kick past diving Belgian keeper Nicky Evrard in the 26th minute and midfielder Samantha Mewis put the contest to bed with a header that gave the hosts a 4-0 lead at halftime.
U.S WNT head coach Jill Ellis made three substitutions to start the second half with forward Alex Morgan, defender Abby Dahlkemper and keeper Ashyln Harris coming on. Morgan made it 5-0 in the 50th minute as she chipped a shot over Evrard for her 101st career goal.
Forward Jessica McDonald headed in last in stoppage time to cement the 6-0 win as the team improved to 4-1-2 in 2019.
This was the last preparation match for the U.S before they announce their final World Cup squad, which will look to secure a fourth international title.