The U.S. women’s national soccer team played Saturday before the largest crowd for a stand-alone home friendly in its illustrious history: 35,817 at Busch Stadium, home to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Two months ahead of the Women’s World Cup, the Americans rewarded their supporters with a 4-0 victory over New Zealand. Meghan Klingenberg scored from distance in the first half and St. Louis native Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and the University of Virginia’s Morgan Brian added goals in the last 15 minutes.
The only home friendlies with greater attendance were part of doubleheaders: 46,037 at Washington’s RFK Stadium at a 1998 event with the men’s team and 36,405 at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium in the 1999 Nike Women’s Cup.
USA: Meghan Klingenberg, 14th minute.
USA: Lori Chalupny (Megan Rapinoe), 76th minute.
USA: Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday), 78th minute.
USA: Morgan Brian (Sydney Leroux), 81st minute.
Hope Solo; Ali Krieger (Kelley O’Hara 83rd), Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn, Meghan Klingenberg (Lori Chalupny 57th); Christen Press (Tobin Heath 56th), Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Meghan Rapinoe (Morgan Brian 79th); Amy Rodriguez (Sydney Leroux 57th), Alex Morgan (Abby Wambach 73rd).
Did not play: Ashlyn Harris, Whitney Engen, Heather O’Reilly.
Next: Ireland on May 10 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, 2:30 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1).
Klingenberg’s goal came in the 14th minute and was eerily similar to her only other international goal, last fall at RFK Stadium.
Last year’s goal: