- Amy Rodriguez Gets First Career Hat Trick; Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe Each Bag Two Goals
- Carli Lloyd Dishes for Three Assists, Scores On a Penalty Kick
- Final Group Match for USA is Against Costa Rica on Nov. 1 at 9:30 p.m. ET at Estadio Quintana Roo
CANCUN, Mexico (Oct. 30, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned its second consecutive dominating victory at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, defeating Guatemala 9-0 as Amy Rodriguez recorded a hat trick while Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe scored twice each.
The win, coupled with Costa Rica’s 3-0 victory over Haiti in the first match of the evening, qualifies the Americans for the semifinals with one first round game left to play. That match takes place on Nov. 1 when the USA and Costa Rica square off to determine first place in Group B. The match kicks off at 9:30 p.m. ET and fans can watch live via a web stream on CONCACAF.com or follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The top two finishers in each group will cross over in the semifinals with the winners of those matches earning berths to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The winner of the third-place match will compete in a two-game playoff against Italy, which won the playoff for fifth place in Europe, for the final berth to the Germany.
U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage made two changes to the starting lineup which defeated Haiti 5-0 two days ago, inserting Stephanie Cox at left back in place of Rachel Buehler and Megan Rapinoe at left midfield for Yael Averbuch.
The match marked the first ever meeting between the USA and Guatemala in women’s soccer and the Central Americans were simply outmatched in size, strength and speed.
Truth be told, the U.S. played a disjointed first 20 minutes as Guatemala chased the ball with enthusiasm, but as it turned out, that was perhaps not the best of tactics, as the Americans finally found an attacking rhythm and pounded in six goals in the final 25 minutes of the half against the tiring Central Americans.
The U.S. broke through in the 21st minute as Heather O’Reilly hammered a shot from the top of the penalty box that Guatemala goalkeeper Ana Lucia Spross saved with a great dive to her right, but the lightning quick Rodriguez was first to the rebound. Rodriguez pounded her shot into the net from two yards out past the scrambling Spross, who couldn’t get to her feet to pounce on the rolling ball.
Rapinoe made it 2-0 less than a minute later as Spross spilled her knuckling long range shot into the lower right corner.
Wambach scored the first of her two goals, which came in a three-minute span, in the 29th minute off a free kick from the left wing. Rapinoe curved in a perfect cross and Wambach powered a header past Spross, who had no chance.
Wambach added her second, and her fifth of the tournament, just two minutes later as Carli Lloyd lifted a well-weighted ball over the Guatemala defense into the left side of the penalty area. Wambach settled the ball, cut back into the middle and slapped a shot from nine yards out that deflected off Spross’ hands before bouncing into the right corner of the net.
The fifth goal was also courtesy of a pass from Lloyd that sliced open the defense. The USA’s attacking midfielder slipped a ball through into the middle of the penalty area where Rapinoe made a nice touch to guide it forward and then struck a hard left-footed shot just inside the right post from 18 yards out. It was her eighth career goal in her 18th cap.
Lloyd, who earned ussoccer.com Player of the Match honors for the second game in a row, completed a true hat trick of assists in stoppage time of the first half after Heather O’Reilly laid a short pass back to her at the top of the box following a nice U.S. attack. Lloyd smacked a bouncing shot that Rodriguez re-directed hockey style, first-timing the ball into the back of the net from nine yards out.
With the game well in hand at 4-0 in the 39th minute, Sundhage decided to give Wambach some rest and replaced her with Alex Morgan. The 21-year-old striker hit the left post off a service from a free kick soon after.
The first goal of second half came when Guatemala let a pass from Heather Mitts skip through to O’Reilly who was streaking down the right wing. She took a hard touch into the penalty box and played a cross on the ground that Morgan deftly re-directed into the lower left corner from four yards out with the inside of her preferred left boot. The goal was Morgan’s second with the national team in just her fourth career game.
Morgan drew a penalty kick in the 55th minute after running onto a throw-in from Rapinoe when her legs were taken out from under her in the left side of the box. Lloyd stepped up and buried the spot kick to make it 8-0 for her first goal of the tournament after picking up five assists. It was her 21st career score.
Rodriguez started the scoring and two minutes from time she would end it as well. After the first two goals of the second half, the U.S. team down-shifted a bit and was content to possess the ball, but the Americans still created quite a few scoring chances, including the one Rodriguez finished to earn her first career hat trick.
The goal came when Morgan raced down the left wing, beating two defenders who tried to slide tackle. She then played a pass on the ground back to Rodriguez who spun a left-footed chip into the upper right corner. With the three goals, Rodriguez upped her career total to 12.
As teams are allowed to suit up just 18 of the 20 players on their roster for each game of this tournament, defender Rachel Buehler and forward Lauren Cheney did not dress for the USA. Defender Becky Sauerbrunn earned her first cap since January of 2008 when she came on for Amy LePeilbet in the 56th minute.
The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place from June 26-July 17 in nine venues across Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen.
U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: Oct. 30, 2010
Competition: 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament – Group B
Venue: Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Local (8:30 p.m. ET)
Weather: Cool, breezy – 65 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 6 3 9
GUA 0 0 0
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Heather O’Reilly) 21st minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe 22
USA – Abby Wambach (Megan Rapinoe) 29
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd) 31
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Carli Lloyd) 40
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Carli Lloyd) 45+
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly) 49
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick) 55
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Alex Morgan) 88
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 2-Heather Mitts, 6-Amy LePeilbet (17-Becky Sauerbrunn, 56), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx (11-Lori Lindsey, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 8-Amy Rodriguez, 20-Abby Wambach (5-Alex Morgan, 39)
Subs not used: 1-Jill Loyden, 4-Yael Averbuch, 13-Kristine Lilly, 16-Ali Krieger
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage
GUA: 22-Ana Lucia Spross; 6-Marilyn Rivera, 20-Kathrine Ramos, 5-Londy Barrios, 16-Kimberly De Leon; 8-Maria Monterroso, 11-Rocio Sosa (17-Sheny Vega, 80), 18-Daniela Andrade (12-Cynthia Lopez, 46); 7-Wendy Pineda (capt.); 9-Daniela Mendez, 10-Gladys Suriano (13-Ana Lucia Martinez, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Marticruz Lemus, 3-Idania Perez, 4-Gloria Lohaiza, 14-Coralia Monterroso
Head Coach: Raul Calderon
Statistical Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 21 / 3
Shots on Goal: 12 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 0
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 5 / 2
GUA – Kathrine Ramos (caution) 55th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution) 70
Referee: Shane De Silva (TRI)
Assistant Referee: Cindy Mohammed (TRI)
Assistant Referee: Jaqueline Saez (PAN)
Fourth Official: Caradella Samuels (JAM)
ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd