USWNT set for TQL Stadium match after dominating Paraguay

It's on to Cincinnati and TQL Stadium for the U.S. women's national team after a successful start to their run of four matches in September and October. 

Ahead of Tuesday's match at TQL Stadium, the USWNT dominated Paraguay, 9-0, in Cleveland at FirstEnergy Stadium. Carli Lloyd scored early and often, completing her hat-trick by the 35th minute prior to finishing with five goals. 

Andi Sullivan added two goals, and Lynn Williams and Tobin Heath each had one apiece to round out the scoring. 

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For Lloyd, who bids farewell to the national team program after the four matches, the five-goal performance was a career-best. 

The goals also saw Lloyd (133 national team goals) pass Kristine Lilly (130 goals) on the USWNT's all-time scoring list. Lloyd moved into third place behind Abby Wambach (184) and Mia Hamm (158). 

Team United States midfielder Rose Lavelle (16) battles for the ball with Team Australia midfielder Chloe Logarzo (6) on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, during the second half of the bronze medal women's soccer matchup in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games held at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium.

Cincinnati's Rose Lavelle started Thursday's match and looks set to share center stage with Lloyd for Tuesday's match in Cincinnati (7:30 p.m.). 

The Enquirer confirmed Wednesday that more than 20,000 tickets have been sold for Tuesday's match. The Washington Post was first to report that number. 

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The USWNT is fresh off of winning the bronze medal in the women's soccer competition in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Following the game in Cincinnati, they'll play Korea Republic Oct. 21 and Oct. 26 in Kansas City, Kansas and St. Paul, Minnesota, respectively. 

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