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Here’s why the United States women keep winning

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You know what two things make a good team? Never being satisfied and getting better constantly. Cliches, but also true.

After a relatively listless 2-0 victory over China Saturday night, the United States women’s national team came into Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium with something to prove.

And they did, pasting the Chinese 4-0.

After the match, the squad’s stars spoke about how they wanted to get better, and how they do when they play the same team over and over again.

“The more we play teams, the more we learn about their weaknesses. China’s a good team, but I also think that we’re better. I think that we create so many different types of chances, and it’s really difficult to defend against,” Abby Wambach said after scoring two goals. She now sits eight away from Mia Hamm’s international record of 158.

Megan Rapinoe, a substitute who whipped in a beautiful corner to Carli Lloyd, echoed the thoughts of her teammate. “I think we played a little bit quicker. I think we kind of sat on it in the first game,” she said.

Lloyd, making her 150th appearance, met Rapinoe’s service in the 62nd minute and put it into the back of the net. It was a play the United States, still the No. 1 team in the world, worked on over and over again. “Since they zone mark on corners, we’ve been emphasizing hitting the ball to the far post,” she said. It’s like they knew what was going to happen. Game, set, match.

Preparation is how you outshot a team 24-3 and win 4-0. And let’s not forget that this is a squad without a true head coach. Just imagine what will happen when Tom Sermanni arrives.

But don’t take our word about the desire to get better. Watch the women speak fo’ yo’self below:

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.