U.S. 2 Finland 0 (Half Time)

Perhaps the most significant news of the first half was that U.S. striker Abby Wambach was forced out of the game in the 27th minute with what turned out to be a jammed toe on the right foot.

She looked pretty glum sitting on the bench, but it isn’t supposed to be a big deal. Carli Lloyd came in for her.

Torrance’s Shannon Boxx scored the game’s first goal, a header from about eight yards off a Kristine Lilly free kick. Lilly now joins Mia Hamm as the only U.S. player with 100 goals and 100 assists.

She’s now scored five goals in five games at the HDC and more than 25 percent of her 15 career goals have come at her home stadium, where she made her national team debut back in 2003.

Veteran Kristine Lilly scored an easy second from five yards out after receiveing a square ball from Lori Chalupny in the 36th minute.

The Finns have had few attacks and the result isn’t in doubt. The Finns have had zero shots, the U.S. 15 with eight on target.

The floodlights went out in the 40th minute and they played the last five minutes in an unusual twilight.

They’re back on now.

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