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By FRANCO PANIZO
For the U.S. Women’s National Team, Wednesday’s match against the Republic of Ireland may have provided a glimpse of what is to come in the near future.
Young forwards Alex Morgan and Sidney Leroux combined to account for all of the goals in the United States’ 5-0 rout of the Republic of Ireland at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. on Wednesday night. Morgan set the tone by scoring a first-half hat-trick and Leroux came off the bench to add a second-half brace for the Olympic gold medalists.
The lopsided victory kept the Americans undefeated in their Fan Tribute Tour and improved them to 4-0-2 in it with four more matches left to play before the end of the year.
Morgan scored her second career hat-trick in a span of 20 minutes. The 23-year-old forward netted the winner in the 24th minute, added her second 10 minutes later and completed a masterful performance with a third a minute from halftime. The three goals gave here 27 in 2012, making her just the third player in U.S. history to surpass 25 goals in a calendar year.
The 22-year-old Leroux came off the bench in the 59th minute and she made an immediate impact. Leroux found the back of the net with a header three minutes after entering the game and she scored again with a low effort that should have been saved in the 81st minute. Leroux now has 12 goals this year, and all of them have come in substitute appearances.
The U.S. host the Republic of Ireland again on Dec. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
What do you think of the USWNT’s rout of Ireland? Think Morgan and Leroux will form into a deadly tandem in the near future? How do you see the second game between these two nations playing out?
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