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Lloyd leads U.S. to easy win in friendly

The Associated Press

Portugal’s Ana Borges, left, and Carli Lloyd of the U.S. vie for possession in the first half of Thursday’s friendly.

The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carli Lloyd had a goal and an assist in front of her hometown fans, and the U.S. women’s national team continued its post-World Cup victory tour with a 4-0 win over Portugal in front of a record crowd on Thursday.

The announced attendance of 49,504 at Lincoln Financial Field was the largest ever for a stand-alone friendly game for the U.S. women, breaking the previous mark of 44,028 set in Pittsburgh during the team’s 2015 victory tour.

Tobin Heath, Morgan Brian and Allie Long also scored for the U.S., which has won 15 consecutive matches for the first time since 1996. Christen Press had two assists.

“It’s fun to be a part of this, celebrating,” coach Jill Ellis said. “Someone asked me out there, ‘Oh, you seem so happy?’ I’m like, ‘Well, we won a World Cup and it’s a victory tour.’ It’s cued up.”

The five-city domestic tour to celebrate the Americans’ fourth World Cup title, which they won in France this summer, began in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 with a 3-0 win over Ireland. It will continue with stops in St. Paul, Minn. (Sept. 3), Charlotte, N.C., (Oct. 3), and Chicago (Oct. 6).

Lloyd, a Philadelphia-area native who made national news when she kicked a 55-yard field goal at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp last week, led the team out of the tunnel holding the World Cup trophy.

The two-time FIFA player of the year scored early in the second half to make it 3-0, before celebrating by flapping her arms like an eagle. Her cross in the 82nd minute set up Long’s goal and put a finishing touch on the rout.

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