Lloyd scores 2, US women beat Portugal again on victory tour

Published 8:11 am Wednesday, September 4, 2019

ST. PAUL  — Carli Lloyd scored twice and the U.S. national team extended its winning streak to 16 games with a 3-0 exhibition victory over Portugal on Tuesday night.

It was Jill Ellis’  105th victory as the U.S. coach, tying her with Tony DiCicco’ s record from 1994-1999. Ellis, now 105-7-18, plans to step down in October following the team’ s final two victory tour matches.

The match at Allianz Field was the third of a five-city tour celebrating the U.S. team’ s World Cup victory this summer in France. It was the team’ s second straight World Cup title and fourth overall.

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The Americans also defeated Portugal 4-0 last Thursday at Philadelphia’ s Lincoln Financial Field before 49,504 fans, the largest ever for a stand-alone friendly game for the U.S. women.

The Americans have won all nine of their meetings with Portugal and have never allowed a goal.

Lloyd scored in the 22nd minute and converted a penalty kick some 10 minutes later. The 37-year-old has 117 career goals and leads the team with 12 this year alone.

Lloyd, a two-time FIFA World Player of the Year, grabbed headlines recently when she kicked a 55-yard field goal at the Philadelphia Eagles’  training camp.