Megan Rapinoe Ratings Twice as USWNT Beats Colombia, 6-0, in Friendly

Days after making her long-awaited return to the United States’ national team, Megan Rapinoe discovered the back of the net twice as the U.S. locked out Colombia, 6-0, on Friday night.

Rapinoe, who made her first look with the team in almost a year throughout Monday’s 4-0 win over Colombia, scored two times in the first half on Friday. She did not score on Monday however did tape-record an assist on the team’s very first goal.

After scoring in the 35th minute with an assist by Emily Sonnett, Rapinoe transformed on a charge after Colombia committed a foul in the box, giving the U.S. a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.

The U.S. got the scoring began early when 21-year-old Catarina Macario– making her first career start– snuck behind the Colombia defense and transformed on a cross by Ali Krieger to offer the Americans a 1-0 lead in the 3rd minute.

It took the U.S. 15 minutes to open the second-half scoring when Lynn Williams beat Colombia goalkeeper Sandra Sepúlveda to the near post with a header on a help from Sam Mewis.

Mewis scored a hat trick in Monday’s trip but was held goal-less on Friday. She was required to leave the game in the 68th minute after rolling her left ankle and remained on the ground to get attention from the medical personnel but had the ability to stroll off the field under her own power.

Lindsey Horan made it a 5-0 game in the 73rd minute, and Midge Purce capped the scoring in the 86th minute off of an assist from Carli Lloyd. It was Purce’s first profession goal with the national group.

The USWNT will next wear for the SheBelieves Cup in Orlando, which begins on Feb. 18. The invitational will include the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Japan in a round-robin format, with the U.S. facing Canada in the very first leg.