Under-21 Women open Nordic Cup 4-0 over Switzerland.
The match was delayed by an hour after the U.S. team bus got stuck in a rain-related traffic jam, forcing an abbreviated warm-up in the chilly conditions. Due to the late start, the match had to be moved at halftime to a field with lights.
Aly Wagner made the first tally 25 minutes into the match after receiving a pass from Susan Bush inside the penalty box. She sidestepped a defender and cracked her shot into the lower right corner from five yards away.
Three minutes later, Wagner became the playmaker weaving her way through the Swiss defense before passing to Aleisha Cramer inside the penalty box. From five yards out, Cramer slotted her shot low into the right corner.
U.S. Captain and defender Michelle French stated "There were some nerves at the beginning of the game, but we still had the edge in possession. Once we settled down and started to move the ball quicker, we started to dominate, the chances started coming and that's when we scored our goals."
Forward Mary-Frances Monroe sealed the match in the 53rd minute after Zepeda played a quick free-kick to her about 40 yards from the goal, catching the Swiss defense flat-footed. Monroe dribbled through several defenders before cracking a shot from 23 yards out into the bottom right corner.
The U.S. next faces Sweden in its second Group B match on Sunday night in Hof, Germany.
United States (Under-21s) 4, Switzerland National Team 0Lineups: Switzerland - not availble. United States - Jen Branam, Anna Kraus, Nandi Pryce, Michelle French, Susan Bush (Marcia Wallis 69), Aleisha Cramer, Jena Kluegel (Caroline Putz 77), Aly Wagner (Veronica Zepeda 33), Alyssa Ramsey, Christie Welsh (Catherine Reddick 56), Mary-Frances Monroe (Kim Patrick 60).
Shots: Switzerland 2, United States 18. Saves: Switzerland 10, United States 1. Corner kicks: Switzerland 0, United States 4. Fouls: Switzerland 12, United States 12. Offside: Switzerland 0, United States 5. Yellow card cautions: Switzerland - 10; United States - Cramer 79.
Referee: n/a. Attendance: 125 at Franken Stadium in Nurnburg, Germany. Weather:Intermittent rain, cold, 55 degrees.