Carli Lloyd left no doubt.

She hates her role as a super sub for the U.S. women’s national team.

“If I liked coming off the bench there would be something wrong,” Lloyd said. “That’s not my mindset.”

United States' Ali Krieger, left, and New Zealand's Paige Stachell chase the ball during the second half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. The United States won 5-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States’ Ali Krieger, left, and New Zealand’s Paige Stachell chase the ball during the second half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. The United States won 5-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Lloyd may not like it, but she does it quite well.

The 36-year-old Lloyd scored twice and Alyssa Naeher got the shutout, helping the United States beat New Zealand 5-0 in a World Cup series send-off match on Thursday.

Tobin Heath, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis also scored during Team USA’s second date in a three-match series leading up to the World Cup, which begins June 7 in France. The U.S. faces Mexico on May 26 in Harrison, New Jersey, in its final tuneup.

United States' Julie Ertz, right, and New Zealand's Ali Riley leap for the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States’ Julie Ertz, right, and New Zealand’s Ali Riley leap for the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Lloyd, the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016, took her instant offense role to a new level, scoring on her first touch just 44 seconds after entering in the 60th minute. She converted a pass from Heath to push the lead to 3-0.

U.S. coach Jill Ellis prefers to use some younger, fresher legs in the starting lineup. But she said Lloyd is still the heart and soul of the team.

“Whether she’s a starter or coming in off the bench, she changes the game,” Ellis said. “She’s prepared and ready for everything. She’s proven that she’s ready for (big) moments.”

U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (1) and teammate Becky Sauerbrunn (4) celebrate the team's 5-0 victory over New Zealand in an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (1) and teammate Becky Sauerbrunn (4) celebrate the team’s 5-0 victory over New Zealand in an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

U.S. forward Alex Morgan still marvels at Lloyd’s exploits.

“She’s been kind of the core of this team for so many years,” Morgan said. “You know that she’s a gamer. I’m really excited for another World Cup because I know she’s going to be bringing it.”

Lloyd pushed the lead to 4-0 in the 83rd minute with her 48th international goal since 2015.

United States' Rose Lavelle, center, chases the ball between New Zealand's Ria Percival (2) and Katie Duncan (16) during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States’ Rose Lavelle, center, chases the ball between New Zealand’s Ria Percival (2) and Katie Duncan (16) during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Heath and Lavelle scored six minutes apart late in the first half.

Heath tipped in a cross from Megan Rapinoe in the 35th minute for a 1-0 lead. It was the 29th international goal for Heath, who scored twice in the SheBelieves Cup this year.

Lavelle converted a left-footed deflection off a pass from Lindsey Horan.

United States' Lindsey Horan and New Zealand's Sarah Gregorius (11) compete for the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States’ Lindsey Horan and New Zealand’s Sarah Gregorius (11) compete for the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Heath’s goal came just three minutes after Naeher punched out a free kick from Anna Green just outside the box.

Naeher posted her 24th career shutout.

“I think the biggest thing was staying engaged with the back line,” Naeher said. “Even if I’m not visibly touching the ball, that communication keeps me in it.”

New Zealand's Abby Erceg (8) reaches for the ball as United States' Megan Rapinoe defends during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New Zealand’s Abby Erceg (8) reaches for the ball as United States’ Megan Rapinoe defends during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Americans, who outshot New Zealand 25-1, scored three times in a 24-minute span in the second half and showed much more flair on offense.

“When they do the right things, it’s pretty fantastic,” Ellis said.

The United States has qualified for all eight World Cup tournaments and owns three championships after winning the 2015 event in Canada.

United States' Rose Lavelle, bottom right, scores past New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler, left, and Anna Green (3) during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States’ Rose Lavelle, bottom right, scores past New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler, left, and Anna Green (3) during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Americans beat South Africa 3-0 in a tuneup on Sunday.

New Zealand will be making its fourth World Cup appearance and is still searching for its first victory.

“Our goal is to get that first win,” New Zealand coach Tom Sermanni said. “From there anything can happen.”

New Zealand's Rosie White (13) and United States' Becky Sauerbrunn (4) battle for the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New Zealand’s Rosie White (13) and United States’ Becky Sauerbrunn (4) battle for the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Team USA is in a group with Thailand, Chile and Sweden and will open June 11 against Thailand.

United States forward Tobin Heath, left, scores past New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States forward Tobin Heath, left, scores past New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States midfielder Rose Lavelle celebrates after scoring during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States midfielder Rose Lavelle celebrates after scoring during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States forward Tobin Heath, right, celebrates after scoring as New Zealand defender Meikayla Moore, left, walks in the background during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States forward Tobin Heath, right, celebrates after scoring as New Zealand defender Meikayla Moore, left, walks in the background during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States forward Tobin Heath, right, scores past New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States forward Tobin Heath, right, scores past New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States' Megan Rapinoe (15) celebrates with teammates including Tobin Heath (17), after a goal by Heath during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand on Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States’ Megan Rapinoe (15) celebrates with teammates including Tobin Heath (17), after a goal by Heath during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand on Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States' Tobin Heath, left, is congratulated by teammate Megan Rapinoe after scoring during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States’ Tobin Heath, left, is congratulated by teammate Megan Rapinoe after scoring during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States midfielder Rose Lavelle celebrates after scoring during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
United States midfielder Rose Lavelle celebrates after scoring during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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