Williams first goal in her first cap sparks USWNT 4-0 win over Switzerland

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by TOM SLATER

Say what you want, Lynn Williams knows how to make an entrance.

Williams’ first touch in her first cap was the stuff of Hollywood scriptwriters. Coming on for Lindsey Horan at the start of the second half, Williams picked off a bad back pass from Switzerland’s captain Caroline Abbe at the top of the box. She had two more smart touches and beat Swiss goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann for the game’s first goal.

Williams, who is fresh of a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) championship, sparked the new-look United States team to a 4-0 win over Switzerland in Utah Wednesday night. Her goal seemed to ignite the Americans’ attack as a once-tight game opened up and quickly became a rout.

Tobin Heath doubled the United States lead in the 61st minute when Crystal Dunn picked up the rebound of her own shot off the back of a Swiss defender and fed Heath on the left wing. Heath made no mistake by hitting a low ball far post for her 17th international goal.

Christen Press scored in the 70th minute when she knocked in a sitter from six yards out. Kelley O’Hara started the play with a slicing run through the Swiss and sent a hard pass across the box. Williams set up the play with a pinpoint pass to O’Hara.

A minute later, Dunn sent a killer cross in from the left and Williams nailed a solid header that was kept out of goal but a remarkable diving save by Thalmann.

Samantha Mewis, coming on just second s before, headed in a perfect cross from Press in the 77th minute.

The game was featured as the beginning of tryouts for the United States as coach Jill Ellis is using the next two years to look at possible new combination and younger players. The match against the Swiss featured the first caps for Andi Sullivan, Ashley Hatch, Casey Short, Abby Dahlkamper and Williams.

The Americans dominated the first half but had no goals to show for it. Despite a clear advantage in overall possession, the United States was sending numbers in the box, especially midfielder Lindsey Horan and Morgan Brian. But the Swiss held strong and organized in the back and refused to allow that final touch that could lead to the goal-ahead goal.

Horan had the two best chances for the United States. In the 9th minute, Heath sliced one of her five first-half corner kicks to the near post where Horan was able to get a header on it but it went over the crossbar.

A minute late, Dunn stole the ball inside the attacking third and slid a pass to Horan. Everyone was expecting her to give it back to Dunn but Horan cut inside and fired a hard shot to far post. Thalmann stretched to deflect it around the bar.

Switzerland had a golden opportunity when Eseosa Aigbogun took advantage of a bad outlet pass from goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and a misplayed ball by Emily Sonnett. The Swiss striker blasted a shot from the top of the box. Naeher was able to recover and get a hand on the shot to deflect it high over the bar.