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USWNT keeps up world-beating form with win over Portugal

The USWNT has now scored multiple goals in 14 straight games.

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. women’s national team can’t stop scoring. 

The reigning World Cup champions bagged multiple goals for the 14th straight game Thursday in a 4-0 win over Portugal in front of a record crowd at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. 

The scoring run that dates back to the April 4 game versus Australia was extended by Tobin Heath, Morgan Brian, Carli Lloyd and Allie Long. It was the first time the USWNT hit 14 multiple-goal games since 1995.

“I enjoyed it,” USWNT manager Jill Ellis said. “I love what I’ve been doing. It was a fun atmosphere. Not a perfect performance, but a great performance by these guys, especially where they are in the (NWSL) season. For me personally, it’s fun to be a part of this.” 

It did not take long for the USWNT to get on the scoreboard, with Heath finishing off her 32nd international goal off a Christen Press assist from the left wing in just the fourth minute. 

Julie Ertz, playing in the stadium husband Zach does for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, started the sequence with a superb ball from the center of the park to the left wing for Press. Press’ ball in from the flank missed a surging Lloyd before Heath swooped in at the right post to beat Patricia Morais. 

The second American strike came from the same part of the penalty box, but this time it was Brian that struck the back of the goal in the 18th minute. 

Brian headed home a corner kick for her first international strike in close to three years. The last time she scored was in back-to-back games against Romania in November 2016. 

After the 26-year-old Chicago Red Stars midfielder scored, the game calmed down with neither side looking particularly threatening in the final third. 

In the 52nd minute, Lloyd struck for the third score of the night by pouncing a ball in front of the Portugal net before Morais could run off her line and snag the ball. 

“Obviously it was awesome,” Lloyd said. “I don’t play for goals, I just want to help the team and continue to improve as a player, but to have been able to score in front of a home crowd, the Eagles stadium, friends and family, it’s pretty awesome.” 

Long added a fourth USWNT goal in the 81st minute by depositing a brave close-range header into the back of the net. The tally was the seventh of the midfielder’s international career, the last of which occurred in 2017. 

The USWNT is back in action Tuesday at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota for the second of two games against Portugal.

The victory tour continues in October with games against South Korea in Charlotte and Chicago.

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