By Josue Castillo
More than 27,000 rabid soccer fans were in attendance, with a sellout and the largest crowd for the recent U.S Women’s match at Stub Hub Center. The United States Women’s Soccer team took on rival Mexico and proved that if this year’s World Cup competition in Canada started tomorrow, they would be ready.
USA’s Sydney Leroux made her first start this year and scored twice in a 5-1 U.S. victory over Mexico on Sunday night. Leroux was coming off an early 2015 right foot injury and has been working her way back to getting into top form. She scored her first goal from a seemingly impossible angle in the 48th minute. Leroux scored again in the 61st minute from the right side.
Abby Wambach who came in as a substitute in the second half scored twice in the second half, scored on a penalty kick in the 58th minute, and added a header in the 72nd minute bringing her career total to 182 goals. Wambach is also the all-time leading scorer against Mexico, with 24 goals. Lori Chalupny added a goal for the United States, early in the second half.
Mexico got on the board with a header from Ariana Calderon late in the first half, snapping Hope Solo’s five-match shutout streak. Regardless, Solo’s fitness and quickness at the keeper position, gives the U.S. an edge going forward.
The United States ranked No. 2 in the world, opens the World Cup on June 8 with a match against Australia in Winnipeg, Manitoba, while No. 25 Mexico opens with Colombia on June 9 in Moncton, New Brunswick.