The U.S., coming off a record 13-0 win over Thailand in their opener, still lead the group on goal difference, having quickly improved their tally when Lloyd smashed home the first of their three first-half goals with an 11th minute half-volley. The outcome could have easily looked more like the Americans' record-setting 13-0 rout of Thailand-just ask Christen Press, who had a number quality shots, all of which were turned away by Endler.
And honestly, Sunday's 3-0 win against Chile could have turned into a similar score line if not for the heroic efforts from Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler.
As the Americans head into their final group stage game on Thursday against rival Sweden, it does so sitting atop Group F with six points and a goal differential edge of +10, meaning a draw will be sufficient in order to finish in first place. Alex Morgan was moved to the bench along with Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath.
The well-judged header completed a first-half brace and made her the oldest woman to score a couple of times in a single World Cup match.
Portland Thorns players Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Emily Sonnett and Adrianna Franch are all on the US team and could see minutes in the game.
So about Carli Lloyd.
Lloyd is the first player in Women's World Cup history to score at least one goal in six straight tournament games.
She added another on a header off a corner in the 35th for her 10th career World Cup goal, which moved her into third on the all-time USA list behind Abby Wambach (14) and Michelle Akers (12).
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Through two games, the only player who went the full 90 twice was goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who made two token saves in the Thailand game and faced no shots on goal from Chile.
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She almost got another hat trick - which would have made her the first player with two World Cups - but her penalty kick in the 81st minute went wide left.
"I wouldn't say it's adjusting", she told SN, rather emphatically, ahead of the World Cup.
"I thought it was a good game that we played, but obviously you saw how complicated it was for us as a team", she said through a translator. Only so many players can start, Lloyd knows that. Whatever that is. The US have it, in that they've just won two games in a row with utterly dominant performances.
Chile also had a justifiable grievance over the awarding of the corner that led to Ertz's headed second but the South Americans were generally outclassed.
Tierna Davidson, unused on Tuesday night, fired in inch-perfect set piece after inch-perfect set piece.
Lloyd has insisted to anyone who asked why she has adapted so well to being a substitute that she hasn't adapted at all. The U.S. never let up after that.
The USA have reached the knockout stages in all eight Women's World Cup tournaments they have played in and have reached the semi-finals in their past seven appearances. Carli Lloyd scored again in the 35th minute with a powerful header of her own. Julie Ertz also found the back of the net.
"The fact that she's now scored three goals, I don't think she could be in a better spot (to start)".
But for now, the players are concentrating on France and bringing home a fourth World Cup championship. Most elite athletes are like that. This latest score comes in her return to the starting lineup.