After two big wins in Russian friendlies, is the USWNT getting back on track?
The USWNT were the number one ranked woman’s soccer team in the world until they underplayed and finished last in the SheBelieves tournament. Although they only dropped one spot, after such a disappointing performance, the USWNT really needed to get their momentum back.
Last week, that is exactly what they did against Russia. While in the scheme of things, two wins in friendlies over number 25 ranked Russia is not the biggest deal in the world. Their wins, however, may very well be just the confidence boost the US woman need to get back on track. After all, they didn’t just win, they crushed Russia twice in a matter of days. On April 6th they won 4-0, and on April 9th they dominated Russia once again, 5-1.
Additionally, the United States might have found a new star in their midst: Rose Lavelle. Lavelle was the number 1 NWSL draft pick of 2017, and the young player made her USWNT debut just over a month ago. On Sunday, she scored her first goal for the USWNT, and hopefully that is just the beginning. Her ball handling is superior and once her experience grows, she could become a force to be reckoned with.
Next, the USWNT has friendlies with Sweden on June 8th and Norway on June 11th.
Photos by ISI.