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U.S. women’s team 3, Netherlands 1

Despite 10 lineup changes, the U.S. women’s national team continued its unbeaten march with a 3-1 victory over the Netherlands in a friendly Tuesday in The Hague.

Heather O’Reilly was the only starting holdover from the 3-3 draw against Germany last week. Christen Press, 24, scored twice — both assisted by Sydney Leroux — to increase her international total to six in just seven appearances and Tobin Heath had one as the top-ranked Americans improved to 26-0-5 since March 2012.

Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who will play for the Washington Spirit in the new National Women’s Soccer League, made her second international start. The Netherlands, ranked No. 14 in the world, scored in the 81st minute for the final margin.

Most of the U.S. players will report to NWSL clubs this week for the inaugural matches this weekend.

The U.S. squad will not play again until June 2 against Canada at BMO Field in Toronto.


USA: Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux), 36th minute
USA: Christen Press (Sydney Leroux), 45th
USA: Christen Press, 60th
NED: Manon Melis (Leonne Stentler), 81st

USA: Ashlyn Harris; Ali Krieger, Rachel Buehler, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara (Alex Morgan 79th); Heather O’Reilly (Meghan Klingenberg 65th), Yael Averbuch (Lauren Cheney 79th), Julie Johnston, Tobin Heath; Christen Press, Sydney Leroux.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.



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