Sophia Smith brace leads USWNT past Nigeria

Sophia Smith had a brace in Saturday's win. (Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)

The U.S. women’s national team won 4-0 over Nigeria on Saturday off of a stout offensive performance from some of the team’s staples.

With the same starting XI that won the Concacaf W Championship final, head coach Vlatko Andonovski cited the need for reps in starting that same squad.

“We’re not coaching with an eye toward the next game — we’re coaching with an eye toward the World Cup,” Andonovski said last week. “Everything that we do now is a preparation for the World Cup, and that started after winning the second game in CONCACAF [qualifying].

“We did decide to stick with the same roster of players that were with us because we were very happy with the level of play that those players displayed when they are in our environment. And that’s why, going forward obviously, we’re going to see a lot of these players coming back if they continue to stay in the form that they are in.”

The team that showed up on Saturday looked every bit a team preparing for the World Cup.

Sophia Smith was all over the pitch, scoring the team’s first goal before notching her second during stoppage time in the first half to secure the brace. Her performance marks goals No. 9 and 10 through 22 appearances, tying her with Michelle Akers for the sixth fastest player to double-digit goals in USWNT history.

Lindsey Horan also notched her first goal of the year in the 25th minute while Alex Morgan got one in the 52nd minute, converting the penalty kick to make it 4-0.

The team will next play Nigeria on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET to close out the September international window.