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USWNT runs through Argentina, wins fourth SheBelieves Cup


ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 24: The United States celebrate winning the SheBelieves Cup at Exploria Stadium on February 24, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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The United States women’s national team under Vlatko Andonovski doesn’t lose, and most of the time wins in emphatic fashion.

After a dicey start to their SheBelieves Cup defense against Canada, the Yanks cruised past Brazil and piledrove Argentina to become the first team to win back-to-back editions of the tournament.

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Wednesday’s finale was a 6-0 win that hardly seemed fair at times. The Yanks, who did not allow a goal in the tournament, led 4-0 at halftime.

Megan Rapinoe scored twice and Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Alex Morgan, and Christen Press also scored in completing the USWNT’s tournament scoreline at nine goals for, zero conceded.

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It’s a great sign heading into the Olympics, where the Yanks will bid to win their sixth gold medal after a moribund fifth-place finish in 2016.

Press’ 60th goal pulls her into a tie for ninth all-time, while Morgan’s 108th USWNT goal moves her out of a tie for sixth with the venerable Michelle Akers (who scored her 107 it in 18 fewer games). Lloyd’s 124 are now six back of third-place Kristine Lilly.

Rose Lavelle was named tournament MVP and may just be the favorite to do the same in Tokyo.

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