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Press, Rapinoe lead USWNT over Brazil in SheBelieves Cup

Press, Rapinoe lead USWNT over Brazil in SheBelieves Cup
U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe clinched the victory with her goal in the 88th minute against Brazil. File Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe lifted the United States Women's National Team to a 2-0 win over Brazil on Sunday in their second match of the SheBelieves Cup soccer tournament.

The U.S. women's team sits atop the SheBelieves Cup standings with two victories. On Thursday, the Americans earned a 1-0 win over Canada in their tournament opener.

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Press gave the U.S. an early 1-0 lead with her goal in the 11th minute. She took a pass from Lindsey Horan and cruised through the Brazilian defense before delivering a powerful strike into the far corner of the net.

It was Press' 10th score in her last 13 national team games and 59th international goal.

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Alex Morgan made her first start for the U.S. national team since giving birth to her daughter, Charlie, last year. Morgan and Press were subbed out in the 71st minute and replaced with Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd.

Rapinoe clinched the victory with her goal in the 88th minute. Horan sent the ball into the box for Rapinoe, who gently redirected it past Brazilian goalkeeper Barbara.

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With the victory Sunday at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla., the U.S. moved its unbeaten streak to 36 consecutive games overall and 52 straight at home. The Americans -- winners of the last two World Cups -- have secured five consecutive victories over Brazil and are unbeaten in the last seven matches between the countries.

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The U.S. women battle Argentina at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday in its next matchup. The U.S. has won three of the last five SheBelieves Cup titles.

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