USWNT's Mallory Swanson wins MVP of SheBelieves Cup
Mallory Swanson named MVP of SheBelieves Cup originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The United States women's national team won the SheBelieves Cup for the fourth straight year, largely thanks to Mallory Swanson.
Swanson, who plays for the Red Stars, was named tournament MVP after scoring four goals in three games. No other player on any team scored more than once in the tournament.
The SheBelieves Cup is an annual U.S.-based tournament featuring four nations -- the U.S., Brazil, Canada and Japan. After defeating Brazil 2-1 on Wednesday to complete a perfect 3-0 run, the USWNT has now won the tournament in four straight years.
Swanson was dominant in every game for the Americans. The 24-year-old forward scored two goals in their 2-0 win over Canada in the opener:
Mal read it like a book ð pic.twitter.com/suaEDAQbcT
— U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (@USWNT) February 17, 2023
Against Japan, Swanson scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory:
Counter attacking â¨magicâ¨ from the #USWNT as Mallory Swanson puts the US ahead of Japan!
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— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 19, 2023
And in the decisive game against Brazil, Swanson extended the U.S.'s lead to 2-0 with a goal in the 63rd minute. Brazil later scored to make it 2-1, so Swanson's goal turned out to be the game-winner:
Mallory Swanson does it again! ð«¡
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— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 23, 2023
Mallory is married to newly-signed Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson. The two got married in December.
Dansby is set to take the field at Wrigley this spring, while Mallory will likely be heading to Australia for the FIFA Women's World Cup.