Three points for the USA! After a long wait, the World Cup finally arrived for the U.S. Women's National Team on Saturday afternoon local time in New Zealand, Friday night in the United States. Well, a 3-0 victory was posted for the red, white and blue.
And we've got to give a special shout out to Sophia Smith. Entering the tournament, she had high expectations to deliver for the team up front. She did just that vs. Vietnam, scoring two goals in her World Cup debut.
The USA had no issues taking down Vietnam in their group stage match
Smith got the party started in the 14th minute, firing a powerful shot past the Vietnam keeper. That goal was set up by a simply fantastic assist from star playmaker Alex Morgan:
Then in stoppage time to close out the first half, Smith scored once again. There was a lengthy VAR review, as Vietnam was hoping for offside, but that wasn't the case and Smith was able to celebrate as the USA supporters went wild in the stands.
The U.S. took that 2-0 lead into the locker rooms at halftime, and they kept the pressure going on strong in the second half. The USA was able to dominate ball possession and they ended up scoring once again with a great finish from captain Lindsay Horan in the 77th minute, with Smith providing the assist.
While U.S. fans might have been hoping for more goals in this one, the important things is that the three points were captured. Now, the USA will take a few days off before taking on the Netherlands next Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.
Countless people can't wait for this matchup, as it will be a rematch of the 2019 World Cup Final. The USA came out on top of that one 2-0, with Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scoring the goals in the historic triumph.