Carli Lloyd broke a scoreless tie in the U.S. women’s national team’s Olympic qualifying match against Mexico on Saturday when she converted on the rebound of a penalty kick in the game’s 80th minute.
The kick was awarded following a controversial handball call against Mexico, with replays seeming to show that if any contact was made with the ball it was fully unintentional and did not change the trajectory of the ball or alter the play.
The goal was Lloyd's 21st in her last 16 games. She was able to pounce on the rebound after Cecilia Santiago dove to her right to make the initial save:
The U.S. clinched its place in the Olympic qualifying semifinals with the win, after defeating Costa Rica 5–0 on Wednesday, and faces Puerto Rico in the final game of group play on Monday night.
– Brendan Maloy