Houston, Texas – After a close win over Portugal to kickoff the Summer Series, the U.S. women’s national team were back in form. The USWNT flexed their power in a four goal win last night. Hosting Jamaica from Houston, Texas, the U.S. wasted no time putting the screws to the visitors.
Not a minute had gone by before Carli Lloyd made history while on the receiving end of a perfect Rose Lavelle pass into the box. Lloyd found herself open far post, and then found herself holding the record as the oldest player to score for the USWNT, surpassing Kristine Lilly. “Being old is not so bad after all” said Lloyd after the match. “For me, its about just grinding away, getting better. It’s a cool record to have.”
It would only take minutes before a foul on a sprinting Christen Press, brought up Lindsey Horan for a penalty kick.The U.S. had a two goal lead before the ten minute mark, and would only add to it in the 20th minute. Finding open space far post was a theme for USWNT, with Midge Purce adding her name to the scoresheet with a perfectly timed run to get on the end of a beautiful pass.
That pass 😍
That Finish 😤
— Last Word on Soccer (@LastWordSC) June 14, 2021
While it was the last goal scored by the U.S. until an Alex Morgan header in the 90th minute, they continued control of the match, never really giving Jamaica a chance. The Raggae Girlz finished the match with just three shots, none of which were on target. The U.S. enjoyed just over 70% of possession on the night, needing only nine shots on target to net their four goals.
Three Takeaways from USWNT v Jamaica
- This Is Still The Best Team – Anytime USWNT doesn’t win a match by a billion goals, people start wondering if this is finally the era in which we witness a drop-off. No. After a hard-fought match against Portugal, commentary over the win not being “good enough” began. The U.S. put that to bed once again showing they are indeed the team to beat, now, and for the future.
- Support of Women’s Sports Worldwide Needs Highlighting – While the fight for greater resources, support, and financial backing for women’s soccer continues State-side, its important to highlight the issue worldwide. Jamaica are a prime example of a team that has talent, and ability to become a genuine world power. However they lack support and resources, majorly. Prior to this summer series, they last played together February 2020. Over a year ago. Which, sadly, is nothing new for a team that has maybe three matches per year. How can any team compete with such little training? Especially against a U.S. team that wouldn’t dare go three months without some form of friendly.
- We Need to Protect Players – A scary moment in the 45th minute occurred when Jamaican goalkeeper, Sydney Schneider, took an absolute rocket of a shot, straight to the face. The force of the shot was so great, it sent her straight backwards, causing her head to immediately hit the ground. It doesn’t take a medical degree to see she was dazed the moment it happened. The issue, isn’t that a player wanted to continue playing, its that she as allowed to, without proper protocols. The medical staff attended to her, issuing a far too brief examination, before allowing her to continue with what was likely a concussion. Soccer needs to improve its protocols and do more to protect its athletes.