Lily Yohannes Stuns in National Debut with USWNT in Dominating Victory over South Korea

St. Paul, Minnesota – A historic moment unfolded on Tuesday night as Lily Yohannes, at just sixteen years old, made her national team debut and scored a goal, contributing to the United States’ 3-0 victory over South Korea in an exhibition match. Alongside Yohannes, Crystal Dunn and Sophia Smith also found the back of the net, showcasing their talent under the guidance of coach Emma Hayes, who recently took the helm of the team.

Hayes, who assumed the coaching position last November, opted to finish the season with Chelsea in Europe before officially leading the U.S. team. This decision followed Vlatko Andonovski’s departure after the national team’s early exit in the round of 16 during the Women’s World Cup last year. The victory over South Korea marked the team’s second win under Hayes’ leadership, displaying a promising start to their collaboration.

The U.S. team demonstrated their dominance in the first friendly match against South Korea, securing a commanding 4-0 victory. Notable performances from Mallory Swanson and Tierna Davidson contributed to the team’s success, setting a strong foundation for future competitions under Hayes’ direction. The momentum gained from these matches will be crucial as the team prepares for the upcoming Olympics in July.

As Hayes shifts her focus towards selecting the final 18-player roster for the U.S. Olympic team, the team gears up to face Zambia in their opening match on July 25 in Nice. The intensity and commitment displayed by the players in the recent matches against South Korea reflect the team’s determination to excel on the global stage and bring home victory.

The exhibition match, held amid steady rain at St. Paul’s Allianz Field, saw significant changes to the lineup by Hayes, with only a few players retaining their starting positions from the previous game. The inclusion of key players like Lindsey Horan and Jenna Nighswonger highlighted Hayes’ strategic approach to optimizing the team’s performance on the field.

The depth of talent within the U.S. team shone through as seasoned players like Alex Morgan and rising stars like Yohannes delivered impactful performances, showcasing the team’s versatility and potential. Dunn’s goal-scoring prowess and Smith’s resilience on the field exemplified the team’s strength and determination to succeed under Hayes’ leadership.

With upcoming matches against France, Mexico, and Costa Rica on the horizon, the U.S. team remains focused on fine-tuning their strategies and solidifying their chemistry on the field. The road to the Olympics presents a challenging yet rewarding journey for the national team, as they strive to make a mark on the world stage and inspire future generations of soccer players.