US women close year with a 5-0 win over Ro­ma­nia

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It was an event­ful year for the US women’s na­tional team off the field, with Hope Solo’s sus­pen­sion af­ter the Rio Olympics, law­suits over the ex­pir­ing col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment and Megan Rapi­noe’s protest dur­ing the na­tional an­them dom­i­nat­ing the head­lines.

But in their fi­nal match of the year, the Amer­i­cans of­fered a sum­mary of how things played out on the field in equal parts ful­fill­ment and dis­ap­point­ment, with Crys­tal Dunn, Chris­ten Press, Mor­gan Brian and Samantha Mewis scor­ing to help the US beat Ro­ma­nia 5-0 on Sun­day night. The US blis­tered Ro­ma­nia with 31 shots and did not al­low a shot, but U.S. coach Jill El­lis was not happy with the team’s waste­ful­ness.

“I think we left a lot to be said,” El­lis said. The same could be said of a year in which the Amer­i­cans went 22-0-3 in reg­u­la­tion play, scor­ing 92 goals and con­ced­ing 10, but failed to de­fend their Olympic gold medal af­ter los­ing to Swe­den on penalty kicks in the quar­ter­fi­nals. Still, the U.S. ended on a largely pos­i­tive note.

“I think we all re­acted well to it and 2017 is go­ing to be an in­tense year,” Dunn said. An own goal in the 20th minute opened the scor­ing for the US when Dunn’s cross was chested into the net by Teodora Me­luta. Dunn scored her 14th goal this year in the first minute of first-half stop­page time, sprint­ing past two de­fend­ers to take a pass from Press and put a shot be­tween Rox­ana Oprea’s legs.

Press made it 3-0 in the 55th minute, con­nect­ing with Tobin Heath on a give­and-go and scor­ing for the fourth con­sec­u­tive game. Press had a hat trick Thursday night in San Jose in the Amer­i­cans’ 8-1 vic­tory over Ro­ma­nia.

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for the se­cond con­sec­u­tive match.

El­lis is plan­ning to hold camps for the na­tional team and the Un­der-23s in Jan­uary, op­er­at­ing on the as­sump­tion that they will be con­ducted un­der the cur­rent con­trac­tual struc­ture. But El­lis did not know the sta­tus of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween play­ers and US Soccer.

“I don’t get in­volved in that,” El­lis said. “That’s be­tween them and lawyers and all that good stuff.” — AP

CAR­SON: Alex Mor­gan #13 of United States at­tacks against Maria Ficzay #6 of Ro­ma­nia dur­ing the se­cond half of their in­ter­na­tional friendly soccer match at StubHub Cen­ter on Sun­day in Car­son, Cal­i­for­nia. — AFP

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