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Rapinoe-led US beats Argentina 6-0 to win SheBelieves Cup

Megan Rapinoe scored twice and the United States won the SheBelieves Cup title with a 6-0 victory over Argentina on Wednesday night

The United States is undefeated in 37 games in a row overall and 53 on American soil.

Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Alex Morgan and Christen Press also scored, and the U.S. women also become the first team to have three straight shutouts in the SheBelieves Cup, which is in its sixth year.

United States forward Megan Rapinoe (15) celebrates with forward Carli Lloyd (10) after Rapinoe score her second goal during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match against Argentina, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP PhotoPhelan M. Ebenhack)

The United States shut out Canada in the round-robin tournament opener and then downed Brazil 2-0 on Sunday. Earlier Wednesday, Brazil beat Canada 2-0 at Exploria Stadium. Brazil finished second.

Argentina, a late addition after Japan dropped out because of coronavirus concerns, did not win a match but did impress with gritty performances.

Rapinoe scored in the 16th minute with a well-timed strike on a through ball from Rose Lavelle for the early lead.

United States midfielder Julie Ertz (8) and Argentina midfielder Clarisa Huber, below, compete for a ball during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP PhotoPhelan M. Ebenhack)

Rapinoe added another in the 26th minute, tapping in a cross from Lloyd. Rapinoe is the top all-time SheBelieves scorer with seven goals, including three in this edition.

Lloyd added a goal in the 34th. It was Lloyd's 124th international goal and it came in her 299th appearance with the national team.

Kristie Mewis scored on an angle into the far corner for her fourth career international goal in the 41st minute, and the United States took a 4-0 lead into the half.

United States midfielder Kristie Mewis (22) and Argentina midfielder Daiana Falfan (20) compete for a header during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP PhotoPhelan M. Ebenhack)

Morgan scored in 84th, her first goal since giving birth to her daughter Charlie last May. It was her 108th international goal, moving her into sole possession of fifth place on the team's career list.

Press scored on a header a short time later for her 11th goal in her last 15 games.

The United States improved to 4-0 against Argentina.

United States forward Megan Rapinoe (15) and Argentina defender Marina Delgado (4) compete for a ball during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP PhotoPhelan M. Ebenhack)

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Argentina goalkeeper Solana Pereyra, left, knocks the ball away as United States midfielder Jaelin Howell attempts a header on goal off a corner kick during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP PhotoPhelan M. Ebenhack)

United States forward Carli Lloyd (10) and Argentina defender Aldana Cometti (6) compete for a ball during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP PhotoPhelan M. Ebenhack)

United States forward Alex Morgan (13) scores a goal between forward Christen Press (23) and Argentinal defender Aldana Cometti (6) during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP PhotoPhelan M. Ebenhack)

United States forward Alex Morgan (13) and Argentina midfielder Vanesa Santana (5) compete for a header during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP PhotoPhelan M. Ebenhack)

United States midfielder Kristie Mewis (22) is congratulated by midfielder Rose Lavelle (16) and forward Megan Rapinoe, right, after Mewis scored a goal during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match against Argentina, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP PhotoPhelan M. Ebenhack)

CORRECTS DATE United States forward Christen Press (23) and Argentina defender Romina Nunez (18) collide while going for a ball during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP PhotoPhelan M. Ebenhack)