Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Record-breaking Lloyd propels US into last 16

Record-breaking Lloyd propels US into last 16

The Americans were criticized after their record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand when players celebrated goals even after the victory was well in hand. She just believes she should be one of them.

They have now won seven consecutive Women's World Cup matches, second only to the 10 achieved by Norway between 1995 and 1999.

On Sunday, Ellis made sweeping changes to her lineup, and Lloyd was one of them, playing up top with Mallory Pugh and Press, while Morgan, Heath and Rapinoe got the day off. Lloyd took advantage of the opportunity and went full beast mode-though a missed penalty kick in the 81st minute spoiled a chance at a hat trick and will likely keep her from being totally happy with her performance.

Lloyd has been coming off the bench so far this World Cup cycle - much to her chagrin - but that has changed with the US a win away from advancing to the knockout round and moving a step closer to a second straight World Cup title. Only so many players can start, Lloyd knows that. Lloyd exchanged encouraging words and tweets with goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying, and Federation Internationale de Football Association posted an interview with Thailand's coach thanking the US players for being professional and playing well. It will obviously get much tougher for the Americans starting with Chile.

A draw with rivals Sweden in Le Havre on Thursday would be enough for this confident United States of America outfit to top the group on goal difference, following the Swedes' 5-1 win over Thailand earlier on Sunday.

Midfielder Julie Ertz doubled the score on 26 minutes and Lloyd powered home from a corner on 36 minutes to make it three.

Early in the first half, Chile almost equalized after Lloyd's first goal on a well-designed set piece. This latest score comes in her return to the starting lineup. The U.S. never let up after that.

The USA, who are bidding to win this competition for a record fourth time, have lost just once since 2017 and again outlined why there are the favourites to defend their title by winning the final in Lyon on 7 July.

"I think we would have definitely had a couple more in there if she had not come up with those big saves", Lloyd said.

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