Led by star forwards Alex Morgan and Mallory Swanson, the U.S. women’s national team completed a SheBelieves Cup sweep with a 2-1 win against Brazil in Frisco, Texas, on Wednesday night.
The USWNT already had posted a 2-0 shutout against Canada and a 1-0 shutout against Japan to start the tournament. With Wednesday’s victory, the team is off to a five-game winning streak to start 2023.
Morgan started the scoring against Brazil, finding a deflection and sending in a shot from outside the box during stoppage time at the end of the first half.
A beauty of a goal from Alex Morgan 🔥 (🎥: @NBCSportsSoccer) pic.twitter.com/OpKSoUt1cl— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) February 23, 2023
A beauty of a goal from Alex Morgan 🔥 (🎥: @NBCSportsSoccer) pic.twitter.com/OpKSoUt1cl
The USWNT veteran had seemed to score earlier in the half, but she was called offside.
Alex Morgan was called offsides here, negating a goal that would've put the USWNT up 1-0. pic.twitter.com/nVd5jD3lEL— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) February 23, 2023
Alex Morgan was called offsides here, negating a goal that would've put the USWNT up 1-0. pic.twitter.com/nVd5jD3lEL
In the second half, Swanson extended the USWNT lead and her own scoring streak to start the year.
She has seven goals in her first five games of 2023 and eight in her last six dating back to November. Sophia Smith led the team with 11 goals in 2022; Swanson is on pace to soar past that total in the World Cup year.
While Ludmila got Brazil on the board in the 90th minute and came close to an equalizer in stoppage time, the USWNT held on for the win.
Mallory is unstoppable. pic.twitter.com/5RK8Yusjlv— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) February 23, 2023
Mallory is unstoppable. pic.twitter.com/5RK8Yusjlv