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USWNT finish Summer Series with three wins after defeating Nigeria 2-0

Lizzy Becherano
players celebrating after scoring during Nigeria v United States in the 2021 WNT Summer Series
players celebrating after scoring during Nigeria v United States in the 2021 WNT Summer Series / John Todd/ISI Photos/Getty Images
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Stoppage-time goals at the end of each half propelled the USWNT to defeat a determined Nigeria in Austin’s new Q2 Stadium.

Seconds before from the halftime whistle, Manchester United forward Christen Press found the pass from Carli Lloyd and rocketed the ball into the net.

The following 45 minutes saw Nigeria fight back the USWNT’s efforts while attempting the equalizer without luck. It appeared the match would end 1-0 before Lynn Williams got on the end of a clearance from the US half and sprinted toward the other end of the pitch to double the lead.

The United States women’s national team swept all three games of the Summer Series after triumphing over Portugal, Nigeria and Jamaica. Though the matches serve the purpose of a friendly, USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski has been experimenting with starting lineups ahead of the complicated Olympic roster selection.

This is Andonovski’s first important roster announcement since taking his place as USWNT head coach in October 2019. Prior to the final June match, Portland Thorns player and current USWNT captain Becky Sauerbrunn told reporters what she expects from the coach.

“I’ve talked to Vlatko a lot about the process for him, because it’s his first roster announcement,” Sauerbrunn said. “Just telling him how we’ve done it in the past and things that players really appreciate – namely, honesty.”

As Vlatko Andonovski has mentioned, this will not be an easy decision to make. 

“I will say that the confidence level going to the Olympic Games is higher than it was before,” Andonovski said, meaning before the team defeated Portugal, Jamaica and Nigeria without conceding a goal. “I feel very good where we’re at, and with where the players are at. In terms of making final decisions, I feel very good.

"I feel like we have very good knowledge of the players. I’ve accumulated lots of knowledge and data for the players in the last year and a half. When the decision time comes, I believe we are going to make the right decisions for this team.”

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