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USA rout Romania 8-1 in International Friendly

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The U.S. Women's National Team put on a show in its penultimate game of 2016, defeating Romania 8-1 in front of 16,425 fans at Avaya Stadium. It was the first meeting between the countries in women's soccer.

The U.S. put on a dominant display from start to finish that was highlighted by forward Christen Press scoring her fourth career hat trick. Alex Morgan replaced Press at halftime and scored two goals while also seeing her well-struck penalty kick spectacularly saved by Roxana Oprea in the 64th minute.

Twenty-eight-year-old forward Jessica McDonald earned her first career cap, while Morgan Brian scored her first goal of 2016 on a diving header. Tobin Heath scored the USA's second goal and forced a Romania own goal in the final minute of regulation time.

The USA moves to 21-0-3 this year and is just one win away from finishing 2016 unbeaten. It would mark just the third time in program history that the USA has gone unbeaten in a calendar year in which played 10 or more matches. The USA went 18-0-4 in 2006 and 13-0-3 in 2013. The penalty kick loss to Sweden in the 2016 Olympics officially counts as a tie.


USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) (8-Julie Johnston, 46), 20-Allie Long, 2-Casey Short; 7-Kealia Ohai (3-Samantha Mewis, 46), 12-Andi Sullivan (5-Kelley O'Hara, 61), 6-Morgan Brian (9-Lindsey Horan, 46), 17-Tobin Heath; 19-Crystal Dunn, 23-Christen Press (13-Alex Morgan, 46); 16-Lynn Williams (21-Jessica McDonald, 46)

Subs not used: 1-Alyssa Naeher

Head Coach: Jill Ellis

ROU: 12-Roxana Oprea; 3-Lidia Havristiuc (15-Teodora Meluta,55), 6-Maria Ficzay, 2-Andreea Corduneanu (17-Mara Batea, 66), 16-Ana Maria Gorea; 4-Ioana Bortan (capt.), 7-Raluca Sarghe (5-Adina Giurgiu, 28), 14-Alexandra Lunca, 10-Andreea Voicu (18-Mihaela Ciolacu, 62); 8-Ştefania Vătafu, 9-Laura Rus (19-Loredana Popa, 83)

Subs not used: 1-Linda Kajtar, 13-Beatrice Tarasila, , 21-Cristina Carp

Head Coach: Mirel Abon

Scoring Summary:

USA - Christen Press (Crystal Dunn)                  8th minute

USA - Tobin Heath (Christen Press)                    10

USA - Morgan Brian (Andi Sullivan)                     25

ROU - Laura Rus (Ştefania Vătafu)                      31

USA - Christen Press                                        34

USA - Christen Press (Morgan Brian)                  38

USA - Alex Morgan (Crystal Dunn)                      52

USA - Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan)                    75

ROU - own goal (Maria Ficzay)                           90+2