Breaking News: USWNT Starts World Cup Three-Peat Bid with 3-0 Victory Against Vietnam

Celebration after Sophia smith goal vietnam world cup 2023

The U.S. women’s national team began their 2023 World Cup campaign with a positive 3-0 victory against Vietnam, but fans hoping for a lopsided rout were left wanting. Despite two goals and an assist from standout player Sophia Smith, the USWNT struggled to capitalize on chances and seemed to play down to the opposition.

Vietnam’s relentless defense made life difficult for the Americans, and a missed penalty by Alex Morgan added to the frustration. Manager Vlatko Andonovski made some lineup tweaks, with Julie Ertz playing as a central defender and Savannah DeMelo making her first World Cup start.

The return of injured stars Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe in the second half boosted the attack, but overall, the team’s performance lacked spark. However, the 3-0 victory puts the USA at the top of Group E, with the Netherlands and Portugal set to face off next. Upcoming matches against the Netherlands and Portugal will be crucial in their bid for a three-peat.

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