The U.S. staff opened with a victory within the 2023 FIFA Ladies’s World Cup Friday, defeating Vietnam 3-0 at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.
Alex Morgan and Naomi Girma, each members of San Diego Wave FC, began for the favored U.S. because the staff kicked off its quest for a 3rd consecutive World Cup trophy.
Morgan assisted on the primary aim and Girma started the sequence that led to the match’s second aim.
Morgan made an affect early. Within the thirteenth minute, the ahead, a captain for each the Wave and the U.S. girls’s staff, logged what can be a milestone help to ahead Sophia Smith, who timed her run off Morgan’s move and separated from her defender to fit the ball throughout the keeper for a 1-0 lead.
It was the fiftieth worldwide help for Morgan, showing in her fourth World Cup and her nineteenth World Cup match.
Within the added minutes of the primary half, Girma despatched a ball into the field that Morgan headed right down to the toes of Smith, leading to a left-footed shot previous Vietnam’s keeper. Within the 77th minute, midfielder Lindsey Horan boosted the result in the 3-0.
Morgan subbed out of the match within the 63rd minute, closing out her 208th profession look for the U.S. staff. Girma, a defender, performed all 90 minutes in her seventeenth profession look for the staff, however her first at a World Cup. Smith additionally made her World Cup debut.
The U.S. is atop Group E with three factors forward of the staff’s subsequent match, in opposition to the Netherlands at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
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The Wave has three different gamers within the World Cup – Sofia Jakobsson (Sweden), Kailen Sheridan (Canada) and Emily Van Egmond (Australia).
Australia opened with a win in opposition to Eire, whereas Canada and Nigeria performed to a draw. Sweden performs its first match Saturday, in opposition to South Africa.