The 2010 CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying is off and running and the Americans took control of Group B after the first match day with a 5-0 win over Haiti. The match featured tons of chances for the U.S. team, including at least three shots that hit woodwork, and several great saves from Haitian goalkeeper Geralda Saintillius, but the Americans will be looking for a bit better ball possession and finishing as the tournament progresses. Still, a solid start and three points in the bag. Next up is Guatemala on Oct. 30 and fans can again watch live via a free video web stream on CONCACAF.com and/or follow along on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
It was a fun moment for all the U.S. players when Rachel Buehler -- who is usually stopping goals rather than scoring them -- scored her first-ever full international goal. And even more fun for Rachel. Little known fact: Buehler scored in the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Cup game against Chinese Taipei, but that was off a penalty kick. This was her first-ever for the WNT. As is tradition, her teammates signed a game ball for her and it was presented by captain Christie Rampone on the team bus back from the match.
We weren't kidding when we said A-Rod scored from close range. Assist went to Abby Wambach who is seated in the background. Heather O'Reilly gets credit for getting in the way of the defenders.
Abby Wambach got her usual treatment from opponents, but that didn't impact her compassion for the Haitians after the match (see above post).