The Americans defeated Colombia 2: 0; This is followed by qualification for the World Cup

SANDY, Utah (AP) – Kelley O’Hara scored in the 77th minute after a long lightning delay and the Americans defeated Colombia 2-0 on Tuesday night in their final tune before qualifying for the World Cup.

The United States extended the series without losing to 69 matches at home. Near the Rio Tinto stadium, lightning was reported in the 75th minute, which interrupted the game for more than 30 minutes.

It was the second of two matches against Colombia, when both teams are preparing for the July qualification for the World Cup. The USA will try for the third World Cup title in a row next summer in Australia and New Zealand.

The Americans went ahead of their own goal of Colombian Manuela Vanegasov√° after the center of the right defender of the USA, Sofia Huerta. It was already the fifth own goal of the opponent from the USA this year.

O’Hara, an experienced defender, scored her third national team goal and the first since 2016.

Carson Pickett started for the United States and became the first player with a limb difference to join the national team. Pickett, a defender who plays for the North Carolina Courage, was born without a left hand and forearm.

Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan started after getting off the bench in the team’s first game against Colombia, winning 3-0 in Commerce City, Colorado on Saturday. In the waning moments of the first half, Morgan had a good chance, but her shot hit the crossbar.

The United States will soon head to Monterrey, Mexico for the CONCACAF W Championships. The four best teams will win a place at the World Cup and the winner will also win a seat at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Colombia will host Copa America Femenina next month, which will determine three direct CONMEBOL qualifiers for the World Cup.

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