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Mallory Swanson at the double as USA women thump New Zealand in friendly

Mallory Swanson scored twice and the US women’s national team opened the year with a 4-0 victory over host New Zealand on Wednesday.

The match at Sky Stadium was the first of two games between the teams. Both are preparing for this summer’s World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The crowd was announced at 12,508, a record for the Ferns.

The second game is set for Saturday at Eden Park in Auckland. The games are the first for the Americans in the island nation.
Associated Press