Orlando, FL- The US Women’s National team’s “Victory Tour” made a stop in Orlando Sunday October 25, 2015 for a match against Brazil. 32,896 screaming soccer fans packed into the Orlando Citrus Bowl to watch all the superstars of US Women’s soccer capture a 3-1 victory over Brazil.
Alex Morgan scored the opening goal for the USA off an assist from Tobin Heath to get the scoring started early in the 9th minute. This was much to the excitement of the packed house as the entire stadium erupted. Much of the excitement comes in the wake of speculation that Alex Morgan will be packed in a trade that would send her to play for the NWSL’s newest expansion team, the Orlando Pride.
Brazil continued to fight throughout the first half, they had two shots hit off the cross bar. It wasn’t until the 45th minute that Brazil was able to get onto the scoreboard as Marta drilled a shot that went into the back left of the goal sailing just past Hope Solo’s reach, tying the match at 1.
USA responded with an aggressive push up the pitch, and in the 3rd minute of extra time, Crystal Dunn was able to put in a shot off a rebound from Lindsey Horan’s shot that deflected off Brazil’s goalie and found Dunn. This gave the US National team a 2-1 lead as we went to the half.
In the second half, after subbing in for Tobin Heath, Stephanie McCaffery put in a goal off an assist from Megan Rapinoe. It was McCaffery’s first appearance with the US Women’s National team, sparking excitement for the future n the words of her head coach Jill Ellis postgame.
The meeting between USA & Brazil in Orlando marked the final appearance on the National team for Lauren Holiday and Lori Chalupny. After the match the team played a video for them and celebrated all that the two have done for the team.
The Women’s National team has 4 matches remaining this year on their “Victory Tour”. Their next match will be against Trinidad & Tobago at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 6th with an 8 pm scheduled kickoff.