USWNT maintains unbeaten run against South Korea with 4-0 win

Women's national team maintain unbeaten run against this opponent and make it 12 wins in a row
South Korea v United States
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The US Women's National Team maintained its unbeaten record against South Korea, securing a 4-0 victory at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. This win extends the USWNT's record to 12 wins, no losses, and 4 draws against the South Korean team. Additionally, the United States remains unbeaten in Colorado, boasting 8 wins and 1 draw in matches played in the Centennial State. Emma Hayes' debut as the USWNT head coach was marked by a triumph that matched the second-largest victory for a debuting coach, equaling Pia Sundhage’s 4-0 win in 2008.

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The goals in the match were notably scored by players from opposite ends of the field: defender Tierna Davidson and forward Mallory Swanson, each netting twice. This game was significant for both players as they found the back of the net after long intervals. Davidson scored her first goal for the USWNT in 2,101 days, repeating the feat with headers from corner kicks. Her only other goal for the national team came on August 31, 2018, when she was 19 years old; she is now 25.

Mallory Swanson, on the other hand, returned to scoring after 465 days, having last scored against Brazil on February 22, 2023, in the SheBelieves Cup final. The forward, who had been sidelined due to injury, not only scored two goals but also provided two assists. This marked the eighth time Swanson achieved this feat.

During the match, Swanson didn't limit herself to playing near the opponent's goal; she moved well across the field and contributed defensively with tackles. Davidson, in addition to her goals, had a solid defensive performance with an 89% pass accuracy.

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The USWNT will face South Korea again in a friendly at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota, next Tuesday, June 4. This series of friendlies provides Hayes an opportunity to continue implementing her ideas and testing players, preparing the team for future challenges, including the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.