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High press, Sonnett shines, youth goals: How the USWNT improved in Colombia rematch

United States 3, Colombia 0

Mia Fishel of the United States clasps her hands together above her head as she celebrates scoring the opening goal against Colombia.
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What a difference a few days makes.

After a tepid, scoreless draw between the United States women’s national team and Colombia on Thursday, the U.S. put in a much more enthusiastic performance against the same opponent on Sunday. Mia Fishel and Jaedyn Shaw scored their first international goals in their second appearances, and Lindsey Horan added a thunderous volley for a 3-0 U.S. victory.

Admittedly, it was far from perfect. Colombia was slightly depleted — including without Linda Caicedo, who departed for Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris — and the Americans remain in limbo without a coach. But the U.S. finally showed signs of being the team that once dominated opponents on and off the ball.

Here are the major talking points from Sunday’s friendly at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego.

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