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Megan Rapinoe-led U.S. beats Argentina to win SheBelieves Cup

Rapinoe scores twice in the 6-0 victory as the Americans extend their unbeaten streak to 37 games.
United States forward Megan Rapinoe (15) celebrates after scoring in front of Argentina midfielder Vanesa Santana during the first half of the American's 6-0 win in the SheBelieves Cup finale Wednesday in Orlando. The United States won the tournament title.
United States forward Megan Rapinoe (15) celebrates after scoring in front of Argentina midfielder Vanesa Santana during the first half of the American's 6-0 win in the SheBelieves Cup finale Wednesday in Orlando. The United States won the tournament title. [ PHELAN M. EBENHACK | AP ]
Published Feb. 25
Updated Feb. 25

ORLANDO — Megan Rapinoe scored two first-half goals and the United States won the SheBelieves Cup title with a 6-0 victory over Argentina on Wednesday night

The United States is undefeated in 37 games in a row overall and 53 on American soil.

Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Alex Morgan and Christen Press also scored, and the United States become the first team to have three straight shutouts in the SheBelieves Cup, which is in its sixth year.

The defending champion Americans blanked Canada in the round-robin tournament opener and then downed Brazil 2-0 on Sunday. Earlier Wednesday, Brazil beat Canada 2-0 at Exploria Stadium. Brazil finished second.

“Overall, very happy with how we performed and how we were able to unlock Argentina early in the game and how we finished the game as well,” U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski said.

Argentina, a late addition after Japan dropped out of the tournament because of coronavirus concerns, did not win a match but did impress with gritty performances.

Rapinoe scored in the 16th minute with a well-timed strike on a through ball from Rose Lavelle for the early lead.

Rapinoe added another goal in the 26th minute, tapping in a cross from Lloyd. Rapinoe is the top SheBelieves career leader with seven goals, including three in this edition.

“We wanted to come out fast as always,” Rapinoe said. “It’s always dangerous to leave teams hanging around, so we definitely didn’t do that (Wednesday). Just tried to find the space, be aggressive.”

Lloyd scored in the 34th minute. It was her 124th international goal, and it came in her 299th appearance with the national team.

Mewis scored on an angle into the far corner for her fourth career international goal in the 41st minute, and the United States took a 4-0 lead into the half.

Morgan scored in the 84th minute, her first goal since giving birth to daughter Charlie in May. It was her 108th international goal, moving her into sole possession of fifth place on the U.S. career list.

“I’m very excited to get my first goal back with the national team and join the list of moms on the team who have scored goals and played as a national team player,” Morgan said. “I just want to be an example for other female athletes who are moms or want to become moms, knowing that they still belong in the game.”

Press scored on a header before the final whistle for her 11th goal in her last 15 games.

Lavelle was named the MVP for the tournament.

“Honestly I don’t know how I won that,” Lavelle said. “It’s always nice to be recognized, but I think there were other people that deserved it more.”

The United States improved to 4-0 against Argentina.