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U.S. Women's National Team Topples Costa Rica 8-0 to Open Fan Tribute Tour in Rochester

  • Hometown Striker Abby Wambach Scores Two Goals for 145 in Her Career
  • Megan Rapinoe Adds Two Tallies in First Half as USA Offense Posts Third-Highest Scoring Performance of Year
  • U.S. WNT Resumes Tour on Sept. 16 Against Australia at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.; Live Broadcast Starts at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Sept. 1, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team, playing in its first match since winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics, defeated Costa Rica 8-0 on Saturday in front of a sell-out crowd of 13,208 at Sahlen’s Stadium.

The USA touted the same starting 11 that started the gold medal match against Japan at Wembley Stadium. That included forward and Rochester native Abby Wambach, who scored two goals. Megan Rapinoe added two goals in the first half and Alex Morgan also contributed a goal in the opening 45 minutes. Sydney Leroux, Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly contributed goals in the second half.

The team resumes the Fan Tribute Tour when it faces Australia at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 16, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The match will be broadcast on NBC. Fans can also follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

The day started with the announcement that U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage will be returning home to pursue opportunities in Sweden. Sundhage will coach her final two matches for the U.S. against Australia on Sept. 16 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and then three days later on Sept. 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

The USA scored five goals in the first half, and it could have been more as Costa Rica goalkeeper Erica Miranda made a whopping 11 saves in the first 45 minutes.

Rapinoe scored on a free kick in the 13th minute as her shot grazed Costa Rica’s wall and went in just underneath the crossbar.

Wambach, who had multiple scoring chances throughout the first 20-plus minutes, finally found the back of the net in front of her hometown fans in the 24th minute when she placed her header into the goal off of Rachel Buehler’s cross from the left.

Wambach then scored her 145th career goal in the 31st minute off of a Rapinoe corner kick from the left side as she rose above the Costa Rica defense. Costa Rica defender Daniela Cruz got her left foot on Wambach’s shot, but the deflection hit the upper netting and had already crossed the goal line.

Morgan got into the scoring act in the 38th minute, eluding Cruz and placing her left-footed shot past Miranda.

Rapinoe pushed the lead to 5-0 with a strike from outside the box on the left side as Miranda partially deflected the shot and the ball trickled across the goal line.

Costa Rica’s best scoring chance came in the 67th minute as Cristin Granados took a shot at the near left side. USA backup goalkeeper Jill Loyden, who entered the match for Hope Solo 13 minutes earlier, made the save and kept the clean sheet intact.

USA forward Leroux replaced Wambach in the 72nd minute, and the Rochester fans gave Wambach a warm applause as she exited the field.

Leroux scored her ninth goal of the year in the 77th minute off of a Morgan assist for a 6-0 lead. Leroux matched a U.S. WNT record for goals scored off the bench, equaling Debbie Keller’s nine goals off the bench in 1998.

Lloyd tallied a free kick goal in the 83rd minute for the team’s seventh tally of the match – the third-highest total in a match this year. The USA opened 2012 with a 14-0 win against the Dominican Republic and a 13-0 victory against Guatemala in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in late January.

Capping off the scoring, O’Reilly scored off of a Leroux assist in the 88th minute as Leroux initially took a shot against Miranda and got the ball back after the save deflected right back to her to set up O’Reilly.

Additional Notes:

  • In the 54th minute, goalkeeper Jill Loyden replaced starting goalkeeper Hope Solo, ending Solo’s consecutive minutes played streak at 1,163. That is a U.S. WNT goalkeeping record as Solo surpassed Briana Scurry’s previous mark of 990 minutes during the 2012 London Olympics.
  • The U.S. improved to 94-2-5 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • The USA improved to 10-0-0 this year when Wambach and Alex Morgan both contribute at least one goal in the same match.
  • U.S. defender and team captain Christie Rampone played in her 267th career international match on Saturday. She now sits five behind third-place Julie Foudy (272) on the all-time list.
  • Pia Sundhage improved her USA coaching record to 89-6-10.
  • Sundhage made three substitutions at halftime, changing up much of the defense and the midfield. Becky Sauerbrunn replaced Rachel Buehler and Heather Mitts came in for Amy LePeilbet for the defense. In the midfield, Heather O’Reilly was brought in for Shannon Boxx.

-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. WNT vs. Costa Rica
Date: Sept. 1, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 13,208
Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        5 3 8
CRC                        0 0 0

USA – Megan Rapinoe                                13th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Rachel Buehler)   24
USA – Abby Wambach (Megan Rapinoe)  32
USA – Alex Morgan (Abby Wambach)      38
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                45
USA – Sydney Leroux (Alex Morgan)        77
USA – Carli Lloyd                                       84 
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Sydney Leroux)  89

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 54); 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 55), 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 72) 
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Lauren Cheney
Head coach: Pia Sundhage 

CRC: 1-Erica Miranda; 5-Diana Saenz (2-Noelle Sanz, 85), 8-Daniela Cruz, 14-Miriam Ugalde, 4-Gabriela Guillen (22-Yesmi Rodriguez, 89); 16-Cristin Granados, 10-Katherine Alvarado, 7-Mariela Campos; 9-Daphne Herrera (15-Mariana Benavides, 64), 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 6-Maria Barrantes (12-Mayra Almazan) 
Substitutions Not Used: 17-Andreina Baltodano, 18-Noelia Bermudez, 19-Gabriela Alfaro
Head coach: Karla Aleman 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 29 / 10
Shots on Goal: 20 / 5
Saves: 5 / 12
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 12
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Christina Ibanez (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Melanie Johnson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Kristen Schiereck (USA) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match:
Abby Wambach

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-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. WNT vs. Costa Rica
Date: Sept. 1, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 13,208
Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        5 3 8
CRC                        0 0 0

USA – Megan Rapinoe                                13th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Rachel Buehler)   24
USA – Abby Wambach (Megan Rapinoe)  32
USA – Alex Morgan (Abby Wambach)      38
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                45
USA – Sydney Leroux (Alex Morgan)        77
USA – Carli Lloyd                                       84 
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Sydney Leroux)  89

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 54); 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 55), 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 72) 
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Lauren Cheney
Head coach: Pia Sundhage 

CRC: 1-Erica Miranda; 5-Diana Saenz (2-Noelle Sanz, 85), 8-Daniela Cruz, 14-Miriam Ugalde, 4-Gabriela Guillen (22-Yesmi Rodriguez, 89); 16-Cristin Granados, 10-Katherine Alvarado, 7-Mariela Campos; 9-Daphne Herrera (15-Mariana Benavides, 64), 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 6-Maria Barrantes (12-Mayra Almazan) 
Substitutions Not Used: 17-Andreina Baltodano, 18-Noelia Bermudez, 19-Gabriela Alfaro
Head coach: Karla Aleman 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 29 / 10
Shots on Goal: 20 / 5
Saves: 5 / 12
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 12
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Christina Ibanez (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Melanie Johnson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Kristen Schiereck (USA) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match:
Abby Wambach

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0   Goals conceded throughout the tournament (5 games)
1   Number of U.S. hat tricks during the tournament (Lloyd)
2   Number of players who scored at least 1 goal in every game they played in (Heath & Morgan, they each played in four matches)
3   Number of individual tournament honors awarded to the USA: Golden Ball (Ertz), Golden Boot (Morgan) and Fair Play Award
3   Number of braces Alex Morgan scored during the tournament (vs. MEX, TRI & JAM)
4   Players saw action in all five games (Dahlkemper, Ertz, Horan and Lavelle)
4   Players that scored at least one brace during WCQ (Morgan, Heath, Lavelle and Rapinoe)

5   Number of assists Lindsey Horan had during WCQ, most on the team
5   Opening goals in each match (5 games) that were scored inside the 10-minute mark (Rapinoe 3rd min. vs. MEX; Mewis 5th min. vs. PAN; Morgan 9th min. vs. TRI; Heath 2nd min. vs. JAM; Lavelle 2nd min. vs. CAN)
5   Number of shutouts the USA earned during the tournament (Naeher (4), and Harris)
6   Number of Concacaf Women’s World Cup qualifying Tournaments the WNT has won in its history
6   Number of braces scored by U.S. players during the tournament (Morgan (3), Lavelle, Heath and Rapinoe (one each))
7   Number of goals scored by Alex Morgan, which was the most in the tournament and earned her the Golden Boot
8   Date in December that the 2019 FIFA WWC Draw will take place. It will be in Paris

10  Number of players who scored throughout the tournament: Morgan (7 goals), Heath (4), Lloyd (3), Rapinoe (3), Lavelle (3), Ertz (2), Dunn, Horan, Press and Mewis
14  Number of total shots against the USA allowed throughout the tournament (five games)
17  The USA was the 17th country to book its spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World cup in France
18  Number of WCQ appearances in Carli Lloyd’s career, a U.S. WNT record
19  Number of total assists for the USA during the tournament, which were registered by nine different players
20  Number of players that saw action during the tournament, which was the entire roster
26  Number of goals the U.S. WNT scored throughout the tournament
32  The USA has won 32 games in World Cup qualifying history out of 33 games contested. The only loss came in 2010 vs. Mexico.

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Fame is too small a word. It does no justice to what happens here in the National Soccer Hall of Fame, or what’s enshrined in its new walls. The grand opening, on Oct. 21 with the induction of the Class of 2018, was more than fireworks and high-tech wizardry. It was more than the red blazers and speeches. It was surely more than fame. In the Hall that night was decency and integrity. Fraternity and humility. Humor. Family. Gratitude. Mostly, there’s reflection here. It’s a Hall of mirrors.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Grand Opening ribbon cutting

The weekend began quietly. A ribbon-cutting under a heavy iron sculpture. It’s a player and he’s huge and inverted, flying into a bicycle kick. Motion and solid weight combined. We’ve seen this kick before, maybe on top of our first trophies at soccer camp, like the ones run by Dr. Joe Machnik over there, in the red blazer he got in 2017. Brad Friedel (Class of 2018) used to work those camps as a teenager. And Pele, how many times did he have to shoot and re-shoot his epic bicycle kick for the climax of John Huston’s 1981 movie Victory? And, hey, isn’t that Werner Roth over there (Class of 1989). He was a NY Cosmos teammate of Pele’s (Class of 1993), and he was in the picture too, as the villainous Nazi team captain.

It’s a Hall of Connections. You’ll find them even if you’re not trying.

All night at the North End of Toyota Stadium, where FC Dallas of Major League Soccer play their home games, guests wandered exhibits. That’s Willy Roy (Class of 1989), his face reflecting back off the glass as he admired five of Billy Gonsalves’ eight Open Cup medals, found forgotten in an unmarked Ziploc bag and restored to a high shine. Willy, now 75, never won one, but he scored twice in the Open Cup Final of 1965 for Chicago Hansa. He’s at the Hall with three generations of his family, his granddaughter in an old jersey of the Chicago Sting, the team Willy coached to two NASL crowns.

There’s the Women’s World Cup trophy over there. Olympic medals too. Gold, even. There’s the Dewar Cup, 106-years-old, behind glass in a room full of tables and chairs set as if for a grand wedding reception. And it’s that kind of day, too. That sense of honor drifts on the air. Celebrating something worth the effort. Yes, it’s a Hall of Honor too.

National Soccer Hall of Fame
National Soccer Hall of Fame
National Soccer Hall of Fame
National Soccer Hall of Fame

And it’s a Hall of Remembrance. For the inductees of the Class of 2018, they remembered the ones that got them there. Their families in attendance – parents and aunts and uncles and cousins. Old coaches too. Anson Dorrance (Class of 2008) introduced Cindy Parlow (now Parlow Cone). Ed Hynes, son of the late Jackie Hynes traveled from New York to the Hall’s opening. He brought with him the pocketful of coins his dad carried the day he was wounded by shrapnel at the Battle of the Bulge. They’re dented and damaged, like Jackie’s legs were in the fighting. In all, more than 140 players from the old American Soccer League (ASL) served in World War II.  

“No one gets here alone and it’s hard not to smile on a day like this,” said Brad Friedel, big as a grizzly bear, beneath a long list of names ringing the rafters. The list immortalizes each and every member of the Hall from its first induction Class of 1950. There’s Alex Ely up there of the old Philly Ukrainians and Archie Stark, as tough a brawler as he was a player. There’s Des Armstrong and Michelle Akers.

Friedel, a titan of the American game, sat at a table with old teammate John Harkes, wearing his red blazer from the Class of 2005. And they’re both a step away from the right boot Paul Caligiuri wore to fire the only goal against Trinidad and Tobago on November 19, 1989 and send the U.S. back to a World Cup for the first time in 40 years. There’s connections around every corner here.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Brad Friedel
Brad Friedel
National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Cindy Parlow Cone
Cindy Parlow Cone
National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Tiffeny Milbrett
Tiffeny Milbrett

There’s Tiffeny Millbrett, the tiny Women’s National team spitfire, always going a 100-miles per hour trying to find a way to goal that wasn’t there a split-second earlier. She gave the night a touch of humor, always needed in among the remembrances and earnestness. On the way back to her table, she stepped over the ball, built into a glass case in the floor of the banquet hall, that her teammate Brandi Chastain hammered home from the spot to win the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Earlier in the night, former USSF president Dr. Bob Contiguglia (Class of 2018) called that tournament “the most important women’s sporting event of the 20th century.” And he was right.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Dr. Bob Contiguglia
Dr. Bob Contiguglia (center right)
2018 Colin Jose Media Award Winner JP Dellacamera
JP Dellacamera

And it was none other than JP Dellacamera, honored earlier with the 2018 Colin Jose Media Award, who made the call that day in Pasadena. “Goal!” followed by over two minutes of silence meant to allow the moment, the sheer audacious history of it, to wash clean the over viewer. He made the call in Trinidad, in ‘89, too. Connections. Connections. Connections.

There was the color and spirit brought by the scores of veteran – executives and players and reporters – gathered for the 50th anniversary of the old North American Soccer League (NASL). They perched on barstools at the nearby hotel. They back-slapped and carried on and relived those wild days of the 70s and 80s. All of the pioneering, the wacky jerseys, the up-by-the-boot straps grassroots-ness of it all.

If former NASL commissioner Clive Toye isn’t the best storyteller in the world, he’s surely in the running. There’s no MLS without that the NASL, folks. There just isn’t. Sporting Kansas City players gathered for pre-game breakfast in the very same hotel on that very same Sunday, and they did well to shake the hands of those who came before, who pulled off the miracle of making professional soccer a reality in America, filling the old Meadowlands and bringing Pele, the best in the world, to play on American shores. Matt Besler and Graham Zusi are looking in the mirror when they stand before Al Trost and Randy Horton, wild-man defender Bobby Smith, Kyle Rote Jr and Johnny Moore, who can trace his time in the American game back to the old LA Scots, through the NASL and all the way to an executive suite in MLS.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Don Garber
MLS Commissioner Don Garber

There’s melancholy too, just a little bit around the edges. It’s that last-call sadness, when the tablecloths get pulled away and the day becomes a memory. There’s lingering at the bar, no one quite ready to leave this magical space that hangs like a fog somewhere between then and now. But there’s no need to worry much – there’s space left in that list in the rafters for those yet to join this family of wonder. If you squint hard enough you can see those names coming over the horizon: Howard, Morgan, Lloyd, more even, stretching out as far and long as we care to take care of this American game. It’s a good thing the ceilings are high, because the Hall is forever. It’s for us and those who’ve passed and those who haven’t yet been born.

“’Oh that foreign game’ people say,” remembered Seamus Malin (Class of 2005), with the edges of his Irish accent intact. “But I correct them: ‘no, sir I say. This game here, is American, and it has its own history.” Amen. And that history is here in Frisco Texas as it once was in Oneonta New York. The last glass of champagne is swept up off the bar. A final photo taken in front of the glass cases that protect our game’s treasures. The Hall is quiet now. But it won’t be for long. This Hall is for all. And we, mere mortals, are invited, beginning November 2, 2018 to enjoy its celebration of the beautiful game in America. Go ahead and bask in all that’s reflected there.

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