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Catarina Macario named MVP as USWNT wins fifth SheBelieves Cup

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The U.S. women’s national team captured the 2022 SheBelieves Cup in commanding fashion on Wednesday with a 5-0 victory over Iceland.

The game was a winner-take-all match after Iceland won its first two matches while the USWNT tied with the Czech Republic before defeating New Zealand.

Catarina Macario got the U.S. on the board first, with goals in the 37th and 45th minutes. She later assisted on the second of two goals scored by Mallory Pugh. As a result, Macario was named MVP of the tournament, becoming the youngest player to earn the honor at 22 years old.

Pugh would score once in the 60th minute and again in the 75th minute to make it 4-0.

Both Macario and Pugh are just the second and third USWNT players to have multiple goals in a single SheBelives Cup match, joining Megan Rapinioe, who scored twice against Argentina in the 2021 edition of the tournament.

Kristie Mewis capped off the statement win with a goal in the 88th minute. Goaltender Casey Murphy made one save for the USWNT for its 17th straight home shutout.

It’s the USWNT’s third consecutive SheBelieves Cup title and their fifth overall.

In addition to the win, defender Becky Sauerbrunn earned her 202nd cap, tying goalkeeper Hope Solo for 10th on the all-time caps list. It also ties her with Solo for the most USWNT games played without scoring a goal.