USWNT rout Colombia as six different players score in 7-0 win

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by TOM SLATER 

It would probably be easier to list the United States Women’s Soccer Team players who didn’t get involved in the scoring against Colombia.

Familiar faces like Carli Lloyd and Christian Press scored. So did newcomer Allie Long — and she did it twice. And the faces becoming oh so familiar like Mallory Pugh and Crystal Dunn also put the ball in the back of the net.

Six different players scored as the Americans dominated from the opening whistle in a 7-0 shellacking of Colombia at Park and Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn.

After nearly a scoreless half-hour to start the match, the United States scored three times in a six-minute span to virtually end the game.  Dunn started off the scoring in the 27th minute and was followed by Long’s first-ever national team score in the 30th minute. A minute later, Pugh added her second international goal.

Lloyd finished off the scoring in the first half, converting a pass from Pugh.

In the second half, Tobin Heath volleyed home a perfect service from Dunn and it was followed by a second goal from Long. The Portland Thorns striker headed home on her brace after a poor clear by the Colombian defense and a centering header from birthday girl Julie Johnston.

Press finished things off on a beautiful strike from the left side after a quick restart.

The United States did nothing wrong for the majority of the night. They set the tempo, were moving the ball quickly and smartly, and had the Colombians chasing the game from the start.

Even more impressive is that the US sat out two starters with minor injury. Alex Morgan and Morgan Brian did not play but could see action in the second meeting between the two sides.

The two teams will meet again 2 p.m. Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. The match is sold out but will be live on ESPN.