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USWNT ratings vs Ireland: All eyes on Alyssa Thompson after Mallory Swanson injury, but Alana Cook steals the show

On Tuesday night, we got a look at what the U.S. women's national team could look like without Mallory Swanson.

The injury, which occurred in Saturday's 2-0 win over Ireland, was a heartbreaker as it leaves the USWNT without the pool's most in-form player. Where would the goals come from now? It's a fair question.

Well, at least on this night, the goal came from the unlikeliest of source: a centerback. And it came from the unlikeliest of places: about 35 yards away from goal.

No, it wasn't Becky Sauerbrunn in front of her hometown crowd, but actually Alana Cook, who scored her first USWNT goal on her 26th birthday. It was a stunner, too, as Cook chipped the goalkeeper from miles out to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead they'd never relinquish.

Much of the focus, though, was on the attack and, in particular, the USWNT's 18-year-old superstar Alyssa Thompson. Brought into camp to replace Swanson, Thompson was thrust right into the XI in her place as well, showing signs of why she could make a late push for a roster spot.

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