U.S. women’s soccer team ends long layoff by beating Netherlands 2-0

BREDA, Netherlands – Rose Lavelle scored again against the Netherlands, Kristie Mewis scored in her first appearance for the United States in six years and the American women won a rematch of last year’s World Cup final with the same score, 2-0, on Friday. Friday. .

The older sister of starter Sam Mewis came in as a substitute in the second half and scored in the 70th minute. It was Kristie Mewis’ second goal for the team, after her first in 2013.

The United States had not played for 261 days due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Americans with the highest rankings have won all nine games they played this year.

Lavelle also scored when the United States beat the Netherlands in Lyon, France, last year for the team’s second consecutive World Cup title.

Nine of the 11 American starters for the final were in the starting line-up on Friday. Notably missing was Alex Morgan, who came in as a second-half replacement for her 170th appearance with the team.

Morgan, currently playing for Tottenham, had not played for the United States since the World Cup final because she was pregnant with and gave birth to daughter Charlie.

Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman was not with the team due to a personal matter unrelated to COVID-19. Wiegman, a former Dutch midfielder who has coached the team since 2017, will take over the English national coach in September, succeeding Phil Neville.

Lavelle scored a left-footed goal in the 41st minute.

Rose Lavelle of the United States, center, scores her side’s first goal past Merel van Dongen, right, and Dominique Janssen, left, during the international friendly football match between the Netherlands and the US in Breda, Netherlands, Friday, November 27. 2020. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Pole via AP)

Kristie Mewis filled in to join her younger sister on the field, scoring nine minutes later. Sam Mewis was one of the first to hug her sister in celebration.

Kristie Mewis played well in the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup and fall series with the Houston Dash, earning her a call-up to the national team.

The US were without Lindsey Horan, who signed COVID-19 and did not travel to Europe for the match.

The teams held a moment of silence before the game for Diego Maradona, the legendary Argentinian player who died earlier this week.

The US team wore warm-ups before the game with the message “Black Lives Matter” on the front. Nine players knelt during the national anthem.

The players released a statement before kick-off that said, among other things: “Today we wear Black Lives Matter to affirm human decency. We protest racial injustice and police brutality against black people. We protest against the racist infrastructures that do not give black and brown people equal opportunities to fulfill their dreams, including playing on this team. ”