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    February 23, 2019 8:25 AM GMT

    SANDY, Utah -- Lynn Williams scored 49 seconds into her national team debut, and Tobin Heath, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis added goals to lead the U. Josh Bell Jersey .S. over Switzerland 4-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.U.S. coach Jill Ellis gave five players debuts as the Americans retool ahead of the 2019 World Cup.Stanford junior midfielder Andi Sullivan and Chicago Red Stars defender Casey Short started, and Williams, a Western NY forward, entered at the start of the second half. Western NY defender Abby Dahlkemper followed in the 72nd minute and Legends FC forward Ashley Hatch in the 76th.They deserved some playing time based on how they trained, Ellis said. Thats the messaging -- how well you do in training gets you playing time. Switzerland is a good team. To come in and be as impactful as they were is a real testament to our potential future with this group.The 23-year-old Williams, this years National Womens Soccer League MVP and leading scorer, dashed past a defender, then drew out goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann and threaded the ball inside a post in the 46th to put the Americans ahead. Williams became the 20th American woman to score in her international debut.At the end of the day, its soccer and its supposed to be fun, so I just tried to make it fun, Williams said. In that moment, I was thinking Get a goal. Heath doubled the lead in the 61st off Crystal Dunns cross, her 17th international goal and fifth this year. Press tapped in Kelley O Haras pass in the 69th for her 36th international goal, and Mewis scored with a header in the 76th.The U.S. and Switzerland play another exhibition Sunday at Minneapolis. Adam Frazier Jersey . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. Felipe Vazquez Jersey . After Martin Skrtel put the Reds in front from close range at Stamford Bridge after only four minutes, Hazard hit back in the 17th with a superb strike. Etoo gave Jose Mourinhos team a decisive lead from Oscars back pass in the 34th. . The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70. RIO DE JANEIRO -- For some at the Rio Games, theres gold, silver and bronze.Or perhaps theres Golduck, Shellder and Bulbasaur.Pokemon Go -- which has been available in some parts of the world, including the United States, for about a month -- has just now arrived in the Olympic host city of Rio de Janeiro. Available this week in Brazil for the first time, not coincidentally on the eve of the Rio Olympics, the game involves players using their smartphones to track down the virtual creatures.Ive never run this much in my life, said Gabriela Alves, a Rio native who had her phone out and was collecting Pokeballs -- a key component to the game -- in downtown Rio on Thursday. Is this what Olympians feel like?Well, maybe its what some of them feel like.It was a cause of some lament among Olympians who arrived in Rio to find that Pokemon Go wasnt there to greet them. U.S. diver and 2012 silver medalist Abby Johnston tweeted that the worst thing about the Olympic village was how she couldnt find a way to play the game there. A few days later, that issue is solved.Some members of Germanys field hockey team said they caught a special Pokemon character in the athletes village, though it turned out that they were only posing for a photo with world No. 1 tennis player and fellow Olympian Novak Djokovic. And star mens Olympic gymnast Kohei Uchimura of Japan told media from his country that he racked up a $5,000 phone bill using so much data trying to play the game leading up to the Games.Its one of those things that pulls out the child in you, New Zealand rower and 2012 gold medalist Eric Murray said, revealing that hes an avid Pokemon Go fan. It was prettty cool because you go around and catch Pokemon, which is what they did in the cartoon, and its fun. Jung-ho Kang Jersey. The smattering of people inside the Olympic Park on Thursday could find some Pokestops (where you collect Pokeballs and other items) and Pokegyms (where players, after joining a team, can compete against others). When the Olympic action starts in earnest on Friday, it seems like a certainty that Pokemon Go will be part of the spectacle.But in parts of Rio, its already a very big deal.Pokemon! I started to play Pokemon yesterday, said Ronaldo Banto, who works in a Rio hotel and spent his free time Thursday morning running around with his phone playing the game. Now Im trying to find some Pokemons here. Im loving it.Banto was drawn to a park, given that the app was telling him activity could be found there. He met up with a few other people who were already there, and the group -- most of whom had never met previously -- spent a few minutes together reviewing notes and talking about the game.For others, its a new way to pass the time before seeing the Olympics.My kids downloaded it on my phone because they left theirs on the plane, so I guess I better learn now, said Michelle Birney of Los Angeles. Birney brought her two daughters to Rio for the Olympics to see soccer matches and family members.While she spoke, her two girls ran a cobblestone square, looking down at their phones and almost colliding with a man playing the same game.If Pokemon ever gets in the Olympics, maybe they have a shot, Birney said. ' ' '