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Sophia Smith scores twice as USWNT beats Colombia, extends home streak

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U.S. forward Sophia Smith (foreground) returns to the field after hitting the ball, followed by Colombian midfielder Daniela Montoya during the first half of an international friendly football game on Saturday, June 25, 2022 in Commerce City, Colorado (AP Photo/ David Zalubovsky
US forward Sophia Smith (11) scored two goals against Colombia midfielder Daniela Montoya as the Americans beat Colombia 3-0 to extend their home unbeaten streak to 68 games. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Sophia Smith scored twice in the second half as the US women’s team beat Colombia 3-0 on Saturday night to extend their home unbeaten streak to 68 games.

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Taylor Cornickdebuting in the national team, added a late goal.

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On Tuesday evening, the teams will meet again in Sandy, Utah as the United States prepares for next month’s CONCACAF World Championship qualification in Monterrey, Mexico. United States defends twice football world champion.

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Smith scored her first goal in the 54th minute after a cross from Rose Lavelle when Colombian goalkeeper Catalina Perez stepped out of his net. She added her second in the 60th minute.

Smith, who plays for the Portland Thorns in the Women’s National Football League, has scored six goals for the national team.

Perez made two saves from penalties. She stopped Lindsey Horan’s try late in the first half and then saved Lavelle’s chance in the 70th.

All eyes were on Team USA to see if they would put on any kind of collective demonstration on the field during Friday Supreme Court decision pullback Rowe against Wade. Instead, US Soccer released a statement before the game.

“As our women’s national team represents the United States on the field in Colorado today, this event serves as a reminder of the rights and freedoms that women and their allies have fought for, earned and deserve,” the statement said. “The decision of the Supreme Court of June 24 is contrary to the freedoms promised as a nation and as a people. US Soccer will stand up for human rights at every opportunity, including the right to make decisions about personal health care, as there is no equality without bodily autonomy. “

Megan Rapino on Friday launched an impassioned plea for abortion rights following the Supreme Court ruling.

She was asked about the upcoming game in Utah, which she says the team won’t pass up. Utah had a trigger law that made all selective abortions illegal when the Supreme Court ruled. Utah law has exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, as well as exceptions for women whose health may be at risk.

“I think, as you guys have seen, the most powerful thing we can always do is to prove ourselves and not only show our highest skill, talent and joy on the field, but also be able to have this platform,” said Rapino. .

Ashley Hatch started on offense surrounded by Mallory Pugh and Smith. Hatch replaced Katarina Macario, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament while playing for her club team Lyon in France. Veterans of Rapinoe and Alex Morgan started on the bench.

Morgan replaced Hatch in the half and Rapino entered the game to loud applause with about 15 minutes left.

Colombia hopes to secure one of CONMEBOL’s places in the 2023 World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Colombia, ranked 28th in the world, missed out on the 2019 World Cup.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.


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