|WakeMed Soccer Park|
The U.S. Women’s National Team rounded out their pre-World Cup tour with consecutive 2-0 victories over Japan. The second game was played in Cary, NC (home of the Carolina Railhawks) and MLS Reserves were on hand to witness the action.
It was a beautiful night at Wake Med Soccer Park and the crowd was boisterous. The small stadium was packed with over 5,000 fans, setting a record for the USWNT in Cary. On the night it was Heather O’Reilly who played hero with a brilliant goal and an assist.
Amy Rodriguez found the net after O’Reilly beat her defender with deft touch and found Rodriguez in front of goal in the 28th minute. The crowd of 5,323 fans erupted when the ball hit the back of the net and it looked as though the flood gates would open.
Morgan found herself in on an empty net in the latter portions of the game, but took one touch too many and her shot was blocked by the hard working Japanese defense.
When looking at the chances for the team in the World Cup, Gulati continued: “I think we’ll be good. There’s three or four, five teams that all have a good chance of going all the way and we’re in that group. It has become more competitive and we’ll see.”
Overall, a successful spell of games for the U.S. Women. They’ve shown promise in these recent months and will look to solidify the mentality that they are the best in the world at this summer’s Women’s World Cup.