Christen Press recorded her fourth career hat trick as a member of the national team, and did it before the end of the first half. Alex Morgan, to the crowd's greatest delight, added two goals of her own to the score sheet. In the end, the U.S. women's national team scored an 8-1 victory over Romania.
Press got the scoring started in the eighth minute, she added her other two goals in the 35th and 38th minutes. With 11 goals now to her credit this season, the Stanford alum reached the double-digit plateau for the third straight season, she's additionally the fourth U.S. player to achieve the status this season.
After outclassing Romania for 90 minutes, Press spoke about why her team took such an aggressive approach to this match — it's the same they bring to every contest, whether it's a friendly or not.
"In order to play this style, you have to be physically superior than the other team," Press said. "So that's kind of like our baseline. Big engine, super aggressive, always on our toes, always on our front foot and then at the same time when you get the ball you have to be calm, you have to be composed. So it's that switching back and forth I think makes the best team in the world, and that's what we're aiming to be."
Morgan, who attended rival Cal, tallied her scores during the 52nd and 75th minutes. Her hat trick was stolen in the 64th minute after Romanian goalkeeper Roxana Oprea made a spectacular save on a penalty kick.
Megan Rapinoe, who, inspired by Colin Kaepernick, recently made headlines for taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem in support of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, was not seen on the field. She was not made available to the media following the match.
The American women are still without the services of goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was suspended for six months in September and had her contract terminated by U.S. Soccer for disparaging comments she made about Sweden's team during the Rio Olympics. Solo called Sweden's players a "bunch of cowards" follow the U.S.'s quarterfinal loss.