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Lily Yohannes scores in ‘dream debut’ for United States


16-year-old Lily Yohannes celebrated her United States debut with a objective on Wednesday, serving to the nation safe a 3-0 victory over South Korea in a pleasant.

The midfielder, who performs her membership soccer for Ajax, hit the again of the online after being on the pitch for simply 9 minutes, after being given a possibility to carry out within the 72nd.

Yohannes is now the eighth-youngest participant to debut for the US girls’s aspect. Talking after the match, she described her look as a “dream come true”.

“I performed this state of affairs out in my head like what number of occasions earlier than this recreation? Simply having the thought of approaching and scoring,” she mentioned.

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“She would not appear to be a 16-year-old,” supervisor Emma Hayes mentioned. “She is aware of what I take into consideration her. And I’ve actually pushed and wished her on this squad. She’s a participant I’ve admired – even because the Chelsea supervisor.”

Elsewhere on the pitch, Crystal Dunn made it on to the scoresheet first, carefully adopted by Sophia Smith.

On Yohannes, Dunn added: “We had been clowning on the market along with her and had been like, ‘Yo, that was the smoothest first objective I’ve ever seen’.”

The pleasant marks Hayes’ second time heading up the US after departing Chelsea after 12 years on the finish of the newest Girls’s Tremendous League season.

Hayes’ crew has two extra friendlies scheduled earlier than the beginning of the Paris 2024 Olympics. The three-time Olympic champions open their Video games towards Zambia on July 25 in Good, earlier than battling Germany and Australia.