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Mallory Pugh scores, Rose Lavelle starts again as USWNT finishes sweep of Chile

Boyds, MD (September 5, 2018) – Washington Spirit forward Mallory Pugh and midfielder Rose Lavelle each earned spots in the starting lineup and Pugh netted her 12th career international goal as the U.S. Women’s National Team dominated Chile 4-0 on Tuesday night.

With the victory, the USA completed a two-game sweep of Chile in the pair of late-summer friendlies played in California. The first leg was played on Friday night at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., as the USA took a 3-0 win over Chile with a crowd of 23,544 fans on hand. Tuesday’s match was played in front of 14,340 fans at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

+NEWS | Rose Lavelle starts, Mallory Pugh earns 13th career assist as USWNT downs Chile 3-0

Pugh opened the scoring in Tuesday’s 4-0 rout in the 34th minute, putting the USA ahead with a tap-in following a saved penalty kick. Pugh earned the penalty kick when she was taken down by Chile’s Camila Saez on a dangerous run into the box. However, Alex Morgan’s PK attempt was saved by Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler. USA midfielder Tobin Heath secured the rebound and sent the ball into the center of the six-yard box, where Pugh displayed impressive reflexes, using her knee to knock the ball into the net.

Pugh’s 12th international goal was her sixth of 2018 and first since April 8, 2018. She trails only Morgan’s 10 goals for most on the team this year. The 20-year-old also notched her 13th career assist in the first leg on Friday night against Chile. She earned her 36th and 37th career caps with the senior national team during the late-summer friendlies.

Lavelle earned her 12th and 13th international caps over the course of the two-game set, starting both matches and playing a key role for the USA’s fast-paced attack. She played the first half in Friday’s opener, and played the first 60 minutes on Tuesday night.