Sophia Smith at the double as USA women breeze past Nigeria in friendly

Sophia Smith scored a pair of first-half goals and the US women’s national team defeated Nigeria 4-0 Saturday as both teams prepare for next summer’s World Cup.

The United States have a 70-game unbeaten streak on American soil – 63 wins and seven draws.

The two teams face off again Tuesday in Washington DC.

Smith outmaneuvered a defender and scored from distance in the 14th minute. Lindsey Horan made it 2-0 in the 26th minute with a goal to the far post off an assist from Smith, who added a second goal in first-half stoppage time.

Alex Morgan converted on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute after Mallory Pugh was fouled in the box.

Smith, who plays for the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League, leads the national team with nine goals this year.

The United States qualified for the World Cup at the Concacaf W Championship in July. The team won the tournament title to also secure a berth in the 2024 Olympics.

The US have won the last two World Cups and have four titles overall.

Nigeria, one of the most successful women’s teams in Africa, qualified for the 2023 World Cup by advancing to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in July. The Super Falcons finished fourth in the tournament.

Nigeria have advanced to every World Cup since the tournament started in 1991. Currently the team is coached by Randy Waldrum, former coach of the NWSL’s Houston Dash.

Following Tuesday’s rematch against Nigeria, the United States head to Europe to play England at Wembley Stadium on 7 October.

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