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Lloyd hat trick, Dunn’s return power US past Haiti

Carli Lloyd scored a a hat trick against Haiti(Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Carli Lloyd scored a a hat trick against Haiti. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick and Crystal Dunn scored her first senior international goal as the United States defeated Haiti, 5-0 on Thursday at Ford Field in Detroit.

Dunn, who was the only player of the 24 on the U.S. roster on Thursday who did not make the World Cup roster, scored in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, heading in a cross from Lauren Holiday. Dunn also added two assists on Thursday. She scored 15 goals for the Washington Spirit this NWSL season, earning top-scorer honors in the league this season.

Lloyd opened the scoring in the 6th minute, heading in a cross from Dunn. It was Dunn who played provider again in the 33rd minute, sending in a cross from the same right flank to the feet of Christen Press, who scuffed the shot but still guided it past goalkeeper Edny Limage for the 2-0 lead. The goal was Press’ 25th of her career, becoming the 21st U.S. player to reach that mark.

Four minutes later, Lloyd buried her shot from the penalty spot after Press was taken down in the box.

Lloyd completed the hat trick in the 69th minute before Dunn added a fifth goal for the U.S. in stoppage time. The hat trick is the fourth of Lloyd’s career. The u.S. women are now unbeaten in 99 straight home games (87-0-12) dating back to 2004.

Hope Solo played the first half of the match in goal and Ashlyn Harris played the second half.

The match was the first of two in four days between the two teams. Haiti was announced as the opponent for the matches last Friday after Australia canceled travel plans following a player strike. Haiti and the U.S. play again on Sunday in Birmingham, Ala. (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Megan Rapinoe and Lori Chalupny were unavailable on Thursday due to muscle soreness. U.S. Soccer called their absences precautionary. Press will be unavailable on Sunday due to a family commitment.


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