Independence player scores opening goal in 3-0 USA victory over Mexico

Amy Rodriguez of the Philadelphia Independence scored the first goal in the US women’s 3-0 victory over Mexico in Sunday’s match in San Diego. Rodriguez scoring in the 12th minute in the first shot of the match.It was her seventh career international goal.

The US team, ranked number one in the world, dominated 22nd ranked Mexico throughout the match. US captain Shannon Boxx got the second US goal in the 43rd minute. Lauren Cheney, who had replaced Rodriguez at the start of the second half, finished the scoring in the 72nd minute on an assist from Boxx.

In her post game comments U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage praised Lori Lindesy, another Independence player. “We made a change in the second half and I thought when we had Lori Lindsey in the midfield and Cheney keeping the ball up top that gives us options. That’s good and fun to coach because I have different qualities on the bench that can bring out something different on the field.”

Already with more caps than anyone win the history of soccer, US legend Kristine Lilly earned her 343rd cap when she came into the match in the 32nd minute. In doing so Lilly became the first player in US history, and likely in world history, to play for her country in four different decades.

Lilly’s record is nothing short of incredible: 15 caps in 1980s, 176 in the 1990s, 151 from 2000-2009 and now one in 2010. Lilly,who has also served as captain of the US team in her illustrious international career, is the world’s second all-time leading scorer with 129 goals and has played in five FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, the most of any female player.

The US is now 5-0-0 in 2010 and has an unbeaten streak in domestic matches to 42 games. The US next faces Mexico on March 31 in Utah.

Photo courtesy of UPI

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