2021 Women's International Friendly
  • Catarina Macario (3')
  • Megan Rapinoe (35', 44' PEN)
  • Lynn Williams (60')
  • Lindsey Horan (73')
  • Margaret Purce (86')

USWNT beat Colombia again on Rapinoe brace, Macario debut goal

Longtime star Megan Rapinoe had two goals and newcomer Catarina Macario scored once as the U.S. women's national team defeated Colombia 6-0 on Friday in Orlando.

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The victory came as expected for the two-time defending World Cup champions and top-ranked team in the world against the 26th-ranked Colombian side. The U.S. is 31-0-3 in its past 34 matches and has a 50-match home unbeaten streak (45-0-5).

For the Americans, it was a case of the strong getting stronger. The Brazilian-born but San Diego-raised Macario received FIFA approval on Jan. 13 -- three months after gaining citizenship -- to play for the U.S.

The former Stanford standout, after debuting in the 4-0 win against Colombia on Monday, scored three minutes into her second appearance and first start Friday.

Then it was the veteran Rapinoe, 35, who made it 3-0 at the half with a goal in the 35th minute and a penalty kick in the 44th, giving her 54 career international goals.

Also scoring for the U.S. were Lynn Williams with a header in the 60th minute, Lindsey Horan off a corner kick in the 73rd and Midge Purce (her first for the national team) in the 86th.

Goalie Jane Campbell did not need to make a save as the U.S. extended its streak of not allowing a shot on goal to 270 minutes.

The match was essentially over after Macario scored with a timed run through the middle of the box to put away a cross from the right flank by Ali Krieger.

Rapinoe made it 2-0 by maneuvering in tight space to rip a shot from the upper left corner of the box.

She added to the lead thanks to a penalty drawn by Sam Mewis. Rapinoe went to the lower right corner for the goal from the spot.

The next action for the Americans is the first-group stage match of the SheBelieves Cup vs. Canada on Feb. 18 in Orlando.