USA smash Matildas

THE USA have maintained their unbeaten record in 2013 with a 4-0 hammering of the Matildas in San Antonio on Sunday.

Coached by former Australian boss Tom Sermanni, the Americans were in no mood to take prisoners in the friendly encounter as they opened the scoring through Lauren Holiday in the sixth minute, before Carlianne Lloyd doubled the advantage before half-time.
The Americans went further ahead just after the re-start as Abby Wambach scored before Christen Press rounded out the scoring for the hosts at the Alamadome.
It wasn't all doom and gloom for the Australians, though, as striker Lisa de Vanna asked plenty of questions of the American defence, albeit without scoring.
De Vanna's pace was on show in the game's early stages as she mounted a serious attack on Hope Solo's goal.
But when she failed to hit the target, the US took the ball up the other end for Holiday to open the scoring as Matilda Lydia Williams found herself wrong footed when the ball took a serious deflection away from the Aussie goalkeeper.
Lloyd scored the American's second through a fine volley before Wambach fired in her 162nd international goal.
And US substitute Press finished off the result as she prodded home from Heather O'Reilly's cut back.

“The good thing is that we created four of five very good opportunities in the first half,” said Australia coach Hesterine De Reus.

“Our forward line was very dangerous in the first half and we created opportunities through our build-up which is a good thing.

“The defending part of our game was not good enough. Conceding four goals is way too much.

“In the second half we became tired and dropped a bit more defensively which created a big space in the midfield so we created some problems for ourselves.

“It is not surprising as we are out of season so there have not been so many opportunities to play tough football for most of the girls.”