U.S. ladies’s soccer group head coach Vlatko Andonovski stated the four-time World Cup winners remain in a constant state of advancement, with the COVID-19-delayed Tokyo Games on the horizon at long last.

The team defeated Colombia 4-0 in Monday’s friendly in Orlando, Florida, their first match of 2021, with midfielder Sam Mewis earning her very first career hat trick and veteran forwards Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd returning to action for the very first time since March’s SheBelieves Cup.

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It was an advantageous start to an important year for Andonovski, who prospered veteran head coach Jill Ellis in October 2019 and hopes to direct the group to Olympic gold following their disappointing exit from the Rio Games in the quarterfinals.

” It’s incredible to see the mindset of this group,” said Andonovski, 44, on Thursday. “The environment is set up in such a way that we understand if we [remain] where we’re at, other teams will surpass us.”.

He has adequate weapons at his disposal, including 2019 Ballon d’Or winner Rapinoe and newcomer Catarina Macario, the tremendously hyped Brazilian-American forward who scored 63 goals in her three seasons at Stanford University.

FIFA authorized the 21-year-old forward, who moved to the U.S. when she was 12, to play for destiny and Stripes recently, signing up with the high-calibre cadre of gamers competing for an area on the Olympic roster.

Among them is also 31-year-old forward Alex Morgan, who scored 6 objectives at the 2019 World Cup and has gone back to training after briefly being sidelined with COVID-19.

Andonovski told press reporters he’s invested “significant” time tweak the group’s defence, as well as developing a “more advanced” attack.

” Being the finest in the world is not just staying ahead however being a trendsetter,” stated Andonovski.

Protector Ali Krieger called his technique to the game “a breath of fresh air.”.

” [I] have this feeling of trust from him which he’s empowering each and every single gamer and has rely on every player that he puts out on the field,” said Krieger, 36, who was first phoned to the national team in 2008.

” He doesn’t appreciate age … I value that too,” she told press reporters. “Until the 20 year olds are running past me– then we’ll have another conversation.”.

The group next plays Colombia in another friendly on Friday ahead of next month’s SheBelieves Cup. (View reside on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET in U.S.).