Press, Rapinoe score, US beats Brazil 2-0 in SheBelieves Cup

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United States forward Megan Rapinoe (15) acknowledges fans in the stands after scoring a goal during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match against Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Christen Press scored in the 11th minute, Megan Rapinoe added a late goal and the U.S. women beat Brazil 2-0 in the SheBelieves Cup on Sunday.

The United States sits atop the SheBelieves Cup standings with two wins. Canada beat Argentina 1-0 in the late match Sunday. The round-robin tournament concludes Wednesday when the U.S. plays Argentina (0-2) and Canada (1-1) faces Brazil (1-1).

The U.S., winner of the last two World Cups, is now unbeaten in 36 straight games overall and 52 straight at home.

"One thing that I've learned playing on the U.S. women's national team is that you have to prepare for every single game as if it's the most important game of your life," Press said. “So that's kind of the approach I take.”

The Americans have won five straight over Brazil and are unbeaten in the last seven matches. The team is 20-0-2 against Brazil on American soil.

"I am disappointed in the start of the game, of course. We conceded a goal. But not only a goal, the way we played our attack in the first 20 minutes," Brazil coach Pia Sundhage said. “That's room for improvement, for sure. But then the second half, and the fact that we created fairly many chances, I'm happy with that.”

Press took a pass from Lindsey Horan and rushed forward, fooling a defender before a powerful strike to the far corner of the net. It was Press' 10th goal in her last 13 national team games and 59th international goal.

“Lindsey played me a great ball in on a diagonal, so that I wasn't in a crossing situation, I was actually able to cut in and open up the angle of the goal,” Press said. “And that's what I want to do, it's my signature shot and my signature style so it was great to see it go in the back of the net.”