Super Falcons of Nigeria were showed no mercy by the US Women team at the Children Mercy Park in Kansas City.
The US Women put four goals past the Super Falcons without conceding any.
The USA, which outshot Nigeria 14-8, put their opponents under pressure from the opening whistle and by the time the first water break arrived midway through the opening half, the Americans had a 2-0 lead thanks to forward Sophia Smith scoring on a breakaway and midfielder Lindsey Horan converting off a Smith feed in the right side of the penalty area. Smith would tack on a second strike in first half stoppage time, giving the USA a commanding 3-0 advantage going into the break.
Soon after the teams began the second half, forward Mallory Pugh raced into the Super Falcons’ penalty box on the left side where she was fouled by Nicole Payne. Forward Alex Morgan dispatched the resulting penalty with aplomb in the 52nd minute to provide what would be the final margin of victory. It was Morgan’s fourth career goal from the penalty spot for the USA.
Andonovski then turned to his bench to keep the players fresh in the KC heat. In the 64th minute, forward Midge Purce came on for Smith, forward Megan Rapinoe replaced Pugh and midfielder Ashley Sanchez came on for Horan. A second set of subs entered in the 70th minute as midfielder Ashley Hatch entered in place of Morgan, midfielder Kristie Mewis subbed on for Rose Lavelle and defender Hailie Mace, she of the local NWSL side Kansas City Current, took over for Emily Fox. It was Mace’s fourth career cap and first since 2018.
Sophia Smith, Lindsey Holand and Alex Morgan scored all four goals to put the Super Falcons to bed.