US women beat Netherlands 2-0 in World Cup rematch

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Netherlands' Sherida Spitse, left, and United States Kristie Mewis vie for the ball during the international friendly women's soccer match between The Netherlands and the US at the Rat Verlegh stadium in Breda, southern Netherlands, Friday Nov. 27, 2020. (Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool via AP)

BREDA – Rose Lavelle scored against the Netherlands again, Kristie Mewis scored in her first appearance for the United States in six years and the U.S. women won a rematch of last year's World Cup final by the same score, 2-0, on Friday.

The older sister of starter Sam Mewis came in as a second-half substitute and scored in the 70th minute. It was Kristie Mewis' second goal for the team, after her first in 2013. The 2,722 days between her goals was the longest stretch in team history.

“I just had to just re-watch it, actually, because I think I blacked out on what actually happened," Kristie Mewis said about her goal.

The United States hadn't played in 261 days because of the coronavirus pandemic. The top-ranked Americans have won all nine matches they've played this year. They're 11-0-0 under coach Vlatko Andonovski, who took over after Jill Ellis stepped down last year.

“A lot of things changed in 2020. But one thing that didn’t change and one thing that will never change with this team is the heart and the mind," Andonovski said. "And I was so proud of these players, the way they stepped up and handled the game, considering that some of them didn’t have a chance to train properly before this camp.”

Lavelle also scored when the United States beat the Netherlands in Lyon, France, last year for the team's second straight World Cup title.

Nine of the 11 U.S. starters for the final were in the starting lineup on Friday. Notably missing was Alex Morgan, who came in as a second-half substitute for her 170th appearance with the team.

Morgan, currently playing for Tottenham, had not played for the United States since the World Cup final because she was pregnant with and gave birth to daughter Charlie.