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Julie Johnston brace leads USWNT to win over Colombia

Photo by Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports
Photo by Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports

It may not have been as lopsided as the two sides’ prior meeting, but the U.S. Women’s National Team dispatched Colombia with ease in Sunday’s friendly.

Defender Julie Johnston led the way with a brace as the USWNT topped Colombia, 3-0. The victory was the Americans’ second win over Colombia in five days following Wednesday’s 7-0 thrashing.

Before Johnston could etch her name on the scoresheet, Christen Press put the USWNT on the board in the 26th minute. Played in by Lindsey Horan, Press lifted a shot up and over goalkeeper Catalina Perez for her 33rd career international goal.

Just three minutes before halftime, Johnston doubled the USWNT’s lead on a set piece. Following a foul several yards outside the box, Tobin Heath’s service into the area was thumped home by Johnston for her first of the game. The USWNT centerback added her second in the 79th minute, providing an insurance goal on yet another Heath assist.

With the win, the USWNT moves to 11-0-0 on the year with 42 goals scored and just one allowed.

The USWNT will convene next for a friendly match with Japan, which is scheduled for June 2 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.


  1. These matches vs Columbia were just what the U. S. needs to find out who can play well vs
    other Olympic qualifiers. I only wish they had more before the Olympic games. They should
    have attempted to play Japan twice instead of once. Japan just missed Olympic qualifying in
    a tough Asian Group. Had Australia been in the Oceania Group where they belonged, Japan
    would have been in. Japan is still one of the top teams in the world, and the friendly against
    them should be a predictor of how the U S will fair at the Olympics.


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