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US beats Russian women 7-0 in soccer exhibition

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SANTOS PEREZ | February 8, 2014 08:57 PM EST | AP

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Carli Lloyd and Christen Press each scored twice to help the U.S. women's soccer team beat Russia 7-0 on Saturday in an exhibition game that extended the Americans' unbeaten streak to 41 games.

Abby Wambach entered 14 minutes into the second half and scored the seventh goal in the 67th minute. She has a record 164 international goals.

Heather O'Reilly and Sydney Leroux also scored for the Americans, who are 35-0-6 since March 2012 and unbeaten in 79 home games (69-0-10).

The United States had a 32-3 shots advantage and Russia only had one shot on goal.

"It wasn't just so much about getting the result," U.S. coach Tom Sermanni said. "I thought the performance, I thought some of the habits and the things we've been training really came into the game today."

The teams will play again Wednesday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The U.S. attacked from the opening minutes FAU Stadium, and took the lead on Lloyd's first goal in the 29th minute. O'Reilly scored in the 32nd, and Lloyd struck again 5 minutes later.

"They were defending well for that first 20-25 minutes and made life difficult for us," Sermanni said. "I thought how we approached the game things were going to open up."