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tea United States Women’s National Team Did the job on Saturday and that was the most important thing. The 6-1 victory over New Zealand could have been bigger with better timing – four goals were correctly recalled as offside in the first half – but it could also have been a sharper performance by the Americans. The point, however, is that they did what was expected and got the three points.

Combine the assumption that the US would get an angry bear reaction after losing to Sweden, with an overall talent superior to New Zealand, and the 6-1 win was about what any casual observer would have expected. That alone is positive – and there were also strong individual performances – but there were still a few questions about the victory.

Rose Lavelle unlocks the block

First the good: Rose Lavelle was the orchestrator on Saturday who scored the opening goal but also pulled the strings from the No. 10 role. She would have had more assists if her teammates hadn’t been sidelined as often, and it was Lavelle’s game that got the rest of the United States ticking in the final third.

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