U.S. Women Rout Mex­ico

The Washington Post Sunday - - Wizards Insider -

With the United States lead­ing Mex­ico by two at half­time, Abby Wam­bach told Kristine Lilly, “ Let’s get you a goal.” The U. S. cap­tain com­plied — twice.

Lilly, in front of a home­town crowd at Gil­lette Sta­dium in Foxborough, Mass., scored two sec­ond- half goals yes­ter­day to help the Amer­i­cans beat Mex­ico, 5- 0, in the first of eight tuneup matches be­fore the World Cup in China in Septem­ber.

Lilly, who grew up in nearby Con­necti­cut, lofted a left- footed shot from about 30 yards over the head of goalie Sophia Perez in the 50th minute. For good mea­sure, she used her right foot to send in a cross from Wam­bach 20 min­utes later.

“ Kristine is quiet but deadly,” Wam­bach said of Lilly’s style.

The 35- year- old Lilly said it was “ nice to sneak a cou­ple in.” She said she knew her first goal would find the net as soon as she touched it.

“ I hit it great. It’s one of those times when you hit it — you’re like, ‘ Okay, it’s in.’ You don’t even have to look.”

The Amer­i­cans, ranked No. 1 in the world, are play­ing a do­mes­tic sched­ule through the sum­mer in prepa­ra­tion for the 16- team World Cup. They play Canada on May 12 in Frisco, Tex. Their op­po­nents in June are China and Brazil. The World Cup starts Sept. 10.

World Cup teams will learn who they play in the first round on April 22.

Ma­jor League Soc­cer

Tay­lor Twell­man scored two first- half goals to lead the New Eng­land Revo­lu­tion to a 4- 0 vic­tory in its home opener against Toronto FC.

Twell­man, who has 13 ca­reer mul­ti­ple­goal games, took a cross from Adam Crist­man and beat goalie Greg Sut­ton in the 12th minute. Six min­utes later, he headed home a cross from Steve Ral­ston.

“ We made chances and put them away,” Revo­lu­tion Coach Steve Ni­col said. K DY­NAMO 1, CHIVAS USA 0: Brian Ching scored the lone goal and Pat On­stad had five saves to lead host Hous­ton to vic­tory.

The Dy­namo got its first goal of the sea­son on a header by Ching in the 64th minute. Af­ter not scor­ing for the first 154 min­utes of the sea­son, Brad Davis cen­tered a pass to Ching, who headed it past Chivas USA goal­keeper Brad Guzan. K CREW 0, REAL SALT LAKE 0: Colum­bus goal­keeper Andy Green­baum de­nied late scor­ing chances by host Real Salt Lake in the Crew’s sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 0- 0 tie.

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