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.
After a scoreless first half, Swanson scored on a header off a cross from Trinity Rodman in the 52nd minute before Alex Morgan added a second goal in the 60th.
Swanson’s second goal came some three minutes later and Lynn Williams had another in the 74th. Formerly Mallory Pugh, Swanson took Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson’s last name when the pair married in December.
The match at Sky Stadium was the first of two games between the teams. Both are…