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Record crowd sees US Women defeat Switzerland 4-1

Posted August 20, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014

The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Switzerland 4-1 in front of a record crowd at WakeMed Soccer Park Wednesday.

"Driving up to the stadium and everyone is already here and already going nuts, that's special for us," said U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe. 

It didn’t take long for the 9,992 red, white and blue clad fans in attendance to have a reason to cheer as Rapinoe netted the first goal of the game just three minutes in. The midfielder gave the U.S. an early 1-0 lead with a kick to the right side of the goal that deflected off of Switzerland defender Rahel Kiwic.

"It's part of our game plan to go out all after them and try to at least put them under pressure in the first 10 minutes and obviously if we can get a goal that was good, took a little deflection but we got it," said Rapinoe. 

Steady chants from the American Outlaws continued as the U.S. women kept the ball in the Switzerland end.

The second goal came after a Switzerland handball in the 55th minute. Fabienne Humm put a hand on the ball in the box setting up a penalty kick for the U.S.. Carli Lloyd shot it in the lower left corner for a 2-0 United States lead.

Switzerland answered back in similar fashion. Rapinoe got called for a handball in the 71st, setting up a penalty kick for the Swiss. Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic froze U.S. goalie Hope Solo as she buried it right, closing the gap to 2-1.

"My hands were on the way up to my face, where I think they can be, they obviously didn't make it up that far," said Rapinoe. "And I thought I was outside the box too, until I saw the replay. I was well inside the box an obviously a handball."

The United States extended their lead back to two after Christen Press scored on a self-assisted goal that grazed the top of the crossbar before bouncing in at the 77th minute.

A foul on Abby Wambach in the box during the 87th minute set her up for a penalty kick. Wambach sent it in with her right foot for the 4-1 international friendly final.

Switzerland goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann had eight saves in the first half before Stenia Michel came in to sub. United States’ Solo played a full game in goal but faced zero shots on goal.

The United States play next Sept. 13 against Mexico in Salt Lake City.

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  • John McCray Aug 21, 2014

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    By all means then, next time you come across a rugby footballer, celtic footballer, or a professional soccer player, please call them a sissy. And in the league that I just wrapped up, in one game we had a split eyelid and a broken nose. Neither player stopped playing except to get the bleeding under control as per league rules. Another one of the games had a player leave with a broken bone in his foot. If you actually went out and tried to play the sport instead of perpetuating ignorant stereotypes, you might gain a little understanding.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Aug 21, 2014

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    There's only one football - the American kind! If the rest of the world wants to be wrong and watch their sissy boys rolling around on the ground holding their legs, let 'em. Here in the good ol' USA, we know what real football is.

    MURICA!

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Aug 21, 2014

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    Like I said, they can't hack it.

  • John McCray Aug 21, 2014

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    Different sport completely. And since you are an expert, can you tell me what the real sport of football is? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_%28ball%29

  • 903 Free Jackson Boyer Aug 21, 2014

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    link to any youth football programs offered to girls?

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Aug 21, 2014

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    Cause no one really cares outside of a few soccer moms and their kids who can't cut the real game of football?

  • etcrudy Aug 21, 2014

    Great win for our US Womens soccer team. How come this was not televised?

  • Jeanne Gunn Aug 21, 2014

    Great win for the ladies!

  • Bogged Down Aug 20, 2014

    What is even more amazing is that one of the American players only has one leg! (Fifth from the right.) Such an inspiration! Maybe she's the goalie.

  • Doc Holliday Aug 20, 2014

    Nice.....congrats!

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