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Record crowd watches American women dismantle Columbia, 7-0

The World Cup champion U.S. women's soccer team blasted Columbia Tuesday night in East Hartford, 7-0. (Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer)

The World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team blasted Columbia Tuesday night in East Hartford, 7-0. (Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer)

EAST HARTFORD, April 6 – The U.S. women’s soccer national team continued their preparations for this August’s Olympic Games in Brazil with a dominating 7-0 win over Columbia on a chilly night in front a record crowd of 21,792 fans at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. It was 47 degrees at kickoff and there was snow from Sunday’s storm piled up in the end zones.

The attendance broke the old record of 18,870 for an all-women’s soccer event in Connecticut, snapping the old record set when the Americans played Germany here at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in October 2012 in a steady rain.

The World Cup champions scored four goals in the first half and three in the second half. Each flurry came in a span of 12 minutes.

Forward Crystal Dunn kicked off the scoring in the 27th minute with a quick touch and shot from the middle of the box past Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez. Allie Long notched her first international goal five minutes later in her first start since 2014. Winger Mallory Pugh, 17, and co-captain Carli Lloyd assisted each other within a span of six minutes, both scoring from close range to give the American a 4-0 lead heading into the half.

Midfielder Tobin Heath continued to pour in the goals in the second half with a well-executed volley off a Dunn cross in the 62nd minute. Three minutes later Long notched her second goal of the match, and first career brace, on a header assisted by Julie Johnston, who was celebrating her 24th birthday.

Christen Press rounded out the scoring with an impressive curling right-footed shot from the top left corner of the box, which bent around Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez and into the right corner for her 32nd career score.

Hope Solo extended her all-time USA record for U.S. goalkeeper caps (194) and shutouts (98) and is now two shutouts away from becoming the first goalkeeper in U.S. history to reach the century mark.

The USA, 10-0 so far this season, and Colombia complete the two-game series of friendlies on Sunday, April 10 in Chester, Pennsylvania (2 p.m. ET, ESPN). The Americans have scored 39 goals so far this season and allowed just one.

Team USA improves to 6-2-1 in Connecticut and 4-0-1 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.

United States 7, Columbia 0
At East Hartford
U.S. (10-0)           4  3  — 7
Columbia             0  0  — 0
Goals — US: Crystal Dunn (Carli Lloyd) 27; Allie Long (Lindsey Hordan) 32, Mallory Pugh (Lloyd) 33; Lloyd (Pugh) 39; Tobin Heath (Crystall Dunn) 62, Long (Julie Johnston) 65, Christen Press (Dunn) 74
Shots: USA 24-6; Shots on goal: USA 14-2; Saves: Columbia 5-2; Corner Kicks: USA 5-1; Fouls: Columbia 18-10; Offsides; USA 3-0; Attendance: 21 792
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara (9-Heather O’Reilly, 69), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Emily Sonnett, 67), 8-Julie Johnston (6-Whitney Engen, 67), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 70); 23-Allie Long, 20-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 2-Mallory Pugh (12-Christen Press, 46), 16-Crystal Dunn, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs not used: 21-Alyssa Naeher; Not available: Alex Morgan, Morgan Brian, Ashlyn Harris; Head coach: Jill Ellis
COL: 1-Catalina Perez; 3-Natalia Gaitan (capt.), 14-Nataly Arias, 17-Leidy Asprilla (2-Carolina Arbelaez, 78), 9-Orianica Velasquez; 5-Isabella Echeverri (13-Maria Jaramillo, 90), 6-Liana Salazar 8-Carolina Pineda, 68), 10-Yorely Rincon (18-Yisela Cuesta, 65), 4-Diana Ospina (15-Tatiana Ariza, 84), 16-Leicy Santos, 11-Catalina Usme (7-Nicole Regnier, 87)

Subs not used: 12-Paula Forero; Head coach: Felipe Taborda

Since 2009, the Collinsville Press has been providing award-winning coverage of sports and news in the Farmington Valley and across Connecticut.

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