U.S. women ease past Brazil in friendly

Updated: November 10, 2013

Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Sydney Leroux netted a first-half brace on
Sunday as the U.S. women’s national team earned a 4-1 victory over Brazil in
an international friendly at the Citrus Bowl.

The Americans had the better of the play early on and opened the scoring 15
minutes in when Leroux got on the end of a cross in the box and volleyed it
home with pace.

Two minutes later Abby Wambach got free behind the Brazil defense and was
taken down from behind, resulting in a penalty kick, which she easily
dispatched to make it 2-0 U.S. lead.

Brazil got back into the match in the 25th minute when Rosana got her head to
a cross and nodded it past U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo to cut the deficit to

But the U.S. maintained firm control of the match and made it a two-goal
margin again in the 37th minute when Leroux collected a ball on the left wing,
cut inside, rounded the Brazilian goalkeeper and fired it into the empty net
to complete her double.

The Americans put the game away 11 minutes from time when substitute Erika
Tymrak netted her first goal for the national team as she kept the ball on the
turn, took a quick touch to the right and ripped a low shot into the left

The result sees with U.S. women complete their 2013 schedule with 13 wins,
three draws and no losses.