Carli Lloyd scored twice, Christen Press added a objective and the US held off Sweden Three-2 on Thursday evening in Columbus, Ohio, giving Vlatko Andonovski a victory in his first match as head coach.
The U.S. is 19-1-Three in 2019 and has a 22-match unbeaten streak.
The U.S. dominated early within the pleasant, as Lloyd took a go within the third minute from Christen Press with a right-footed shot from the middle of the field and put it previous goalkeeper Hedviq Lindahl to the underside proper nook. Press adopted within the 28th minute, faking out a pair of defenders with fancy footwork and burying a ball from Lindsey Horan for her 50th objective in worldwide competitors.
Press is simply the 11th American to achieve that milestone.
“We knew what we needed to do, and I feel we did a very good job controlling the sport defensively,” Andonovski mentioned. “The one factor I assumed we might do higher, and we did it within the second half, is push the block just a little bit increased from the center to the excessive block. We have been profitable once we did that. Clearly, it is going to simply take just a little little bit of time to regulate the timing, the angle and the strategy to all of the gamers.”
Three minutes later, Lloyd discovered the again of the online once more with a right-footed shot simply contained in the field, off a chip go from Tobin Heath.
Lloyd, who has 22 multi-goal video games, has 120 worldwide objectives and leads the U.S. in scoring this 12 months with 15.
“For me, it is going out and making an attempt to be higher than I used to be the sport earlier than, assist the workforce and implementing the philosophy that Vlatko needs,” Lloyd mentioned. “Objectives come when you’re actually not looking for objectives. When you exit and provides 100% effort, some good issues often occur.
However Sweden wouldn’t go quietly at Mapfre Stadium, with the No. 5 workforce on the planet lastly getting on the board within the 75th minute on Anna Anvegard’s right-foot shot from shut vary.
“I am actually pleased with the workforce. There was some fabulous stuff on the market. There was additionally some stuff might want to work on. Total it was a very good sport.”
Anvegard scored her second objective three minutes later when goaltender Alyssa Naeher performed a ball excessive within the field and was caught out of place on the rating, leaving the online open for a right-footed shot from the middle of the field.
Lloyd was primed to finish a hat trick with a penalty kick within the 81st minute, nevertheless it sailed excessive. America is ranked No. 1 on the planet after profitable its fourth World Cup this previous summer season in France, defeating Sweden within the group stage earlier than taking out Spain, France, England and the Netherlands on its method to the championship.
Andonovski on Oct. 28 turned the ninth U.S. coach after the retirement of Jill Ellis, whose 106 victories made her the winningest coach in U.S. girls’s soccer historical past and the primary worldwide coach to win two Girls’s World Cup titles.
A local of Macedonia, Andonovski performed in Europe earlier than an indoor soccer profession in the US. He coached within the Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League for the previous seven seasons, with FC Kansas Metropolis and Reign FC of Washington state.
Lloyd mentioned she has already come to respect his teaching type.
“I feel he is easy and efficient,” she mentioned. “His coaching periods are quick, concise and to the purpose. You already know the message. I feel it is the idea in gamers and the boldness that he has in gamers that you simply fed off of.
“I’ve heard so many good issues about him from so many alternative gamers, and now I do know why. It is simply an aura that he has about him. He is calm and picked up. He makes this workforce higher.”
Andonovski definitely appeared calm after the win however admitted the primary victory on the U.S. helm was “thrilling,” at the same time as he focuses on areas that want enchancment.
“I used to be excited for the workforce and so they have been excited for me,” he mentioned.
“We’ve got to repair the 2 objectives. Individuals who know me know I am not joyful once I get scored on. We’ve got to complete sturdy.”
The U.S. performed with out a few of its most high-profile gamers, together with Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.
Subsequent up for the US is Costa Rica on Nov. 10 at TIAA Financial institution Discipline in Jacksonville, Florida.