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“Pia’s always saying, ‘If you have space in front of you, just take it,’” O'Reilly said. “I took a couple of touches and just let it fly.”

The crowd of 25,475 burst into cheers as the ball rolled around the upper corner of the net, and the players lined up for their salute. There is a U.S. Army base in nearby Mannheim, and about 350 service members and their families watched the team practice Thursday.

“We were really moved and inspired by the support they gave us,” O'Reilly said.

The Americans could have had another four or five goals just in the first half alone. But, just as they have much of the year, they struggled to finish. Wambach, one of the world’s best players in the air, misdirected one header wide and sent another soaring over the goal. Amy Rodriguez had a short chip shot blocked and skied a rebound of a Wambach miss, and Sepulveda punched away a shot by Lauren Cheney.

But the U.S. quickly put the game out of reach in the second half, with Rapinoe scoring in the 50th minute and Lloyd in the 57th.

Rapinoe, who replaced Rodriguez at halftime, took a throw-in for the U.S. that Cheney collected. She dished off to Rapinoe, who made a thunderous shot from just inside the penalty box. As the crowd roared, Rapinoe ran to the corner of the field, grabbed one of the big, fuzzy TV mics and did her best Bruce Springsteen imitation.

Lori Lindsey soon joined her, playing air guitar, and the game took on a party atmosphere.

“It always helps to hear ‘USA‘ chants and see so many flags,” O'Reilly said. “It builds us up even more.”