The United States took just one point from their first two matches of the Brasilia International Tournament and had their third match postponed due to excessive rain. So when the Americans finally hit the pitch for their match against Argentina, they could use some good news, and Christen Press gave it to them with four goals in a 7-0 win.
Press scored the first two goals of the match, then after completing the hat trick, scored the last goal of the match. It was a spectacular match from the forward, and the U.S. also got a hat trick from Carli Lloyd to wrap up the dominating performance.
With the win, the U.S. now has four points from their three group stage matches and have a goal difference edge on China, who also have four points. If Brazil beat China in their final group stage match, the U.S. will advance to the tournament final, where they would play Brazil again. If China manage a result, the two teams will play again for the final and the Americans would play Argentina once more for third place.
The U.S. throttled Argentina from the start. It's been clear all tournament that Argentina were two, thee or four steps below the other three teams in the competition. There's a reason they didn't qualify for the Women's World Cup and it showed.
Press' first goal was a tap in after she got to a rebound left after a Morgan Brian shot. She then added another on a tidy move down the right.
Lloyd got onto the scoresheet next, heading home a cross from Brian to make it 3-0. Press then got her hat trick before Lloyd buried a shot from close range to give the Americans a 5-0 halftime lead.
A minute into the second half, Lloyd had a hat trick of her own as Heather O'Reilly knocked a cross back across goal for Lloyd to volley home. Argentina barely ever threatened the U.S. goal and the Americans could fly forward at will, which they did.
The U.S. actually didn't finish very well. They blew a slew of chances and, had they been more clinical, could have easily hit double digits. But that wasn't a problem for Press, who was able to get to a rebound that the Argentina goalkeeper spilled and knock it over the line for her fourth goal and the 7-0 win.
Press' four-goal game was the ninth in U.S. history and capped a tremendous performance by the forward, who is probably the best striker the Americans have right now.
Sydney Leroux wishes the same could be said of her. She played poorly yet again, then hit out at an Argentina player to earn a red card as her terrible run of form continues.