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U.S. Women Highlights

Easy victory for the Americans on Saturday at Foxborough as they continue their Women's World Cup preparations -- 5-0 over Mexico. Very nice strike by Lilly for the third goal. Take a peek here.

By Steve Goff  |  April 16, 2007; 12:46 PM ET
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Nice tackle from Boxx to start the build-up on the second goal. I also enjoyed the play between O'Reilly and Cheney on the final score - O'Reilly flicked a header to Cheney, who returned the ball to O'Reilly moving down the left flank, who made a nice run and laid the ball back for Cheney and the goal.

Better finishing for the USA in this match. Hopefully this continues against the better teams they're facing this summer and in the WWC.

Posted by: Ash | April 16, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Eighteen thousand-plus attendance! Dang, that impressed me even more than the final score. Shame that the WUSA couldn't get those kinds of numbers...

Posted by: Juan-John | April 16, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

It was a doubleheader with the Revs.

Posted by: Goff | April 16, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Mexico has not learned that they have to foul Abby outside the box in order to stop her. It will not be as easy in the WWC.

Very nice strike by Lilly. The keeper appeared to be in position, just not tall enough.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 16, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Holy Guacamole! The Mexican defense makes United's look good by comparison!

Posted by: ff | April 16, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

So do you think Abby Wambach could make it in the MLS? She's bigger than a number of players (ex. Freddy) and has great touch.

Posted by: -K | April 16, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"So do you think Abby Wambach could make it in the MLS?"

No. She is fast and does have a great touch, but the women's game is slower. Look at the highlights. On one of the goals, the shooter took 2 or 3 touches in front of the goal, when men would have taken one. Lilly took 2-3 touches before her shot. In the men's game, defenses close in faster and shut down the space (DC United excepted). And Abby's not bigger than MLS defenders.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 17, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

A little context when discussing women playing against men in soccer:

Prior to the 2003 Women's World Cup, the full U.S. women's national team scrimmaged the reserves for the Virginia men's team in Charlottesville. Physical play was discouraged to prevent injury. As I recall, the UVA men's reserves won, 4-1.

Posted by: Goff | April 17, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"As I recall, the UVA men's reserves won, 4-1."

Bad coaching by Heinrichs :-)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 17, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

It's a fairly obvious fact that male soccer players are faster and stronger than female players, so we aren't going to see any WNT player in MLS.

I disagree about the number of touches taken in the goals against Mexico. Wambach split two defenders, then her next touch was her shot.

Tarpley first-timed the shot that was blocked by the keeper before Tarpley put the rebound back in.

Lilly had exactly one touch on her first goal - she waited for the ball to settle then struck it. On her second, she let Wambach's cross beat the last defender, settled it with her first touch and shot with the second.

Finally, Cheney scored on a first-touch strike.

Posted by: Ash | April 17, 2007 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't commenting on Abby's goal, but the touch to split the defense put the ball several yards in front of her. A better defense would have swept it away, but Mexico (for some strange reason) was double-teaming Lilly.

On Lilly's second goal she took two touches. That should have been a one-timer. On her first goal, she had hours to settle the ball as Mexico (for some strange reason) was running away from her.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 17, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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