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USWNT coach raves about Mallory Swanson: ‘She’s just feeling it’

Mallory Swanson celebrates a goal during the USWNT's SheBelieves Cup win against Canada. (Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Mallory Swanson is doing pretty well for herself for the U.S. women’s national team to start 2023. In just three games this year, she has five total goals, including two in the USWNT’s 2-0 win Thursday against Canada.

“She’s just feeling it,” said head coach Vlatko Andonovski after the victory to open the SheBelieves Cup.

“She’s in the moment,” he continued. “She’s not just confident and playing well. It’s one of those things where you’re just feeling it. And she’s feeling it. That’s the simplest way I can put it.”

It didn’t take Swanson long to find the back of the net, as she opened the scoring in the game’s seventh minute. She would add another goal in the 34th minute to help the team take a 2-0 lead into the locker room at the half.

“I don’t know if I would say that’s what I expect, but that’s what I want from her every game,” Andonovski said. “Two goals, what else is there to say? And it’s not just the two goals. Her flair in the game, she just makes it look easy. Every time I watch her play — in games and in training — she makes me feel like I can go back and play this game. That’s how easy it looks.”

The scoring surge continues a triumphant return for the 24-year-old forward, who was left off of the Tokyo Olympics roster in 2021. She’s said in the past that the snub helped her find her game again, and that has shown in the first months of this crucial World Cup year.

Swanson and the USWNT will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday against Japan.