United States coach Jill Ellis is happy with her team’s 3-0 win over South Africa in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup warm-up match yet wishes them to become more consistent over 90 minutes after queries were brought up over their gradual start off.
The U.S. got a goal in each half through Samantha Mewis and a late third from substitute Carli Lloyd to earn a 3-0 win however they could not score the opening goal until the 37th minute despite the fact that they dominated possession.
“We got so many good takeaways from this game, this was fantastic. At times you just need to get into a game. The World Cup games, they don’t always start out perfectly. Sometimes several games don’t get started flawlessly.”
“It’s the capability of a squad to improve in a game and also develop in a game. You start flying but you fade so I believe we’ve just have to be the team that’s need to be consistent with what we accomplish.”
Lloyd, who have scored her 108th international goal, stated the squad still needed adjustments to make up before the showpiece event in France that kicks off on June 7.
“We came up with a couple of more games to improve several things before we defeat there and also we’ve got to obtain every minute thereby making sure that we secure just as much as we are able to out of it,” Lloyd asserted.
“I think that’s the most critical thing, but as you see we’ve got one more game against New Zealand and that’s the highlight now.”
The U.S., three-times champions, join in New Zealand on May 16 and Mexico 10 days later before advancing to the World Cup.