USA defeats Chile 3-0 in front of 23,544 fans!
Tierna Davidson Scores First Career Goal; Christen Press Scores 45th Career Goal;
USA Women’s National Team defeated Chile, 3-0, in front of 23,544 fans on a wild night at StubHub Center in what was the first-ever match between the countries in women’s soccer.
The USA controlled the game from the start and got on the board early via an eighth minute set-piece goal from teenager Tierna Davidson. The U.S. added another after Chilean defender Carla Guerrero chested the ball into her own net after Julie Ertz had flicked on a corner kick service.
Chile’s captain, Christiane Endler, who plays professionally for Paris Saint-Germain, had a tremendous game in goal to keep the scoring down, making nine saves on the USA’s 11 shots on goal.
As the first half came to a close, Tobin Heath was taken down on the right side of the penalty box. Los Angeles native Christen Press, who was honored before the game for her 100th cap that she earned on April 12, converted the spot kick. With the U.S. players nearly back at midfield waiting for the kickoff, confusion ensued as referee Katja Koroleva disallowed the goal, sending the U.S. to halftime with a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, the USA had another goal disallowed for a foul inside the penalty area that wiped away a bullet header from Carli Lloyd. Press did eventually get her goal – her first of 2018 – in the 59th minute to extend the USA’s lead to the final 3-0 result.
Chile will be a Women’s World Cup debutante next summer after qualifying for the tournament after finishing second in the 2018 Copa América Femenina.
Next Up: The USA will head to Northern California for the second of this two-game series vs. Chile on Sept. 4 (7 p.m. PT; ESPN2, UDN) at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. That match will be the final one for the U.S. WNT before entering World Cup qualifying, which the begins on Oct. 4 in Cary, N.C.
And all was right again.
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) September 1, 2018
– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –
Match: USA 3-0 Chile
Date: August 31, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Weather: 70 degrees; Clear
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 22-Emily Sonnett, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 12-Tierna Davidson, 19-Crystal Dunn (3-Samantha Mewis, 61); 2-Julie Ertz (26-Hailie Mace, 74), 16-Rose Lavelle (6-Morgan Brian, 46), 9-Lindsey Horan (25-McCall Zerboni, 46); 23-Christen Press (capt.), 13-Alex Morgan (10-Carli Lloyd, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (11-Mallory Pugh, 46)
Substitutes not used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis
CHI: 1-Christiane Endler (capt.); 3-Carla Guerrero, 4-Francisca Lara, 7-Maria Jose Rojas (20-Daniela Zamora, 46), 8-Karen Araya (6-Claudia Soto, 69), 10-Yanara Aedo, 11-Yesenia Lopez, 13-Bárbara Santibáñez (21-Maria Jose Urrutia, 61), 14-Fernanda Pinilla (2-Rocio Soto, 46), 17-Geraldine Leyton, 18-Camila Saez
Substitutes not used: 9-Maryorie Hernandez, 12-Natalia Campos 15-Su Helen Galaz, 16-Ana Gutierrez, 19-Javiera Grez
Head coach: José Letelier
Stats Summary: USA / CHI
Shots: 24 / 1
Shots on Goal: 11 / 1
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 17 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 2 / 0
USA – Tobin Heath (caution) 38th minute
CHI – Maria Jose Urrutia (caution) 74
CHI – Rocio Soto (caution) 80
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Deleana Quan (USA)
4th Official: Christina Unkel (USA)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Christen Press