Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
USA cruises past Costa Rica
by Paul Kennedy, November 8th, 2010 9:18PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  women's national team, women's world cup


[WOMEN'S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING] This time, there was no upset. Abby Wambach made sure of that, helping set up Lauren Cheney for the first goal and scoring the next two herself as the USA beat Costa Rica, 3-0, in the third-place game at the Concacaf Women's World Cup qualifying game in Cancun, Mexico. The win moved the Americans into a playoff against Italy later this month.

(Click here for complete highlights.)

The USA went ahead in the 17th minute when Wambach headed a corner kick to Cheney, who played the ball to Lori Lindsey, took the return pass, turned on her defender  and fired a shot that deflected off Katherine Alvarado and past goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz.

In the 33rd minute, Lindsey played a ball over the top of the Tica backline to Wambach, who volleyed the ball with her left foot into the goal to the far post.

Five minutes into the second half, Wambach took a pass from Cheney, broke free down the right side and beat Diaz to the far post with her tournament-leading eighth goal and 117th of her international career.

The USA and Italy will face off for the last of 16 berths to the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany.

The first leg would take place in Italy on Nov. 20 in Padova. The return leg would take place on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

Canada won the Concacaf championship game with a 1-0 win over Mexico.

The Germany '11 draw will be held on Nov. 29.

THIRD-PLACE GAME:
Nov. 8 in Cancun

USA 3 Costa Rica 0.
USA -- Cheney (Lindsey)  17
USA -- Wambach (Lindsey) 33
USA -- Wambach (Cheney)  50
USA -- Barnhart, Krieger, LePeilbet, Rampone, Buehler,  O’Reilly (Rodriguez, 46), Boxx (Averbuch, 57), Lloyd, Lindsey, Cheney, Wambach (Morgan, 68).
Costa Rica -- Diaz, Acosta, Quiros (Flores, 46), C.Sanchez, D.Cruz, Barrantes (Granados, 69), S. Cruz (Alvarez, 74), Alvardo, L.Sanchez, Malvassi, R.Rodriguez.
Yellow Cards:
USA – LePeilbet 39
USA – Wambach 65
USA – Averbuch 74
USA – Lindsey 80
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX).



FINALISTS:
Host
Germany

Concacaf
Canada
Mexico

Europe
England
France
Norway
Sweden

Asia
Australia
Japan
North Korea

Oceania
New Zealand

Africa
Semifinal: Nigeria vs. Cameroon
Semifinal: Equatorial Guinea vs. South Africa
(winners advance to finals.)

South America
Top two advance.

Playoff
USA vs. Italy
(winner advances to finals.)



0 comments
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: November 9, 2010 at 8:47 a.m.
    Here is another example why the single game elemination system is wrong. Nigeria and Cameroon are undefeated so far. Nigeria won its three games and Cameroon won two and draw one. Yet, one of them will be eleminated after they meet in the semifinals. Why not have all four teams in the semifinals play round robin group. Only Europe and South America are treating women and U-17 and U-20 qualifications fairly.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Will Johnson: Timbers must face the reality    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Portland Timbers remain winless in seven games after another loss to old nemesis ...
Los Dos move into top spot    
[USL PRO: Week 5] LA Galaxy II got goals from Galaxy loan players Charlie Rugg and ...
Boyd scores twice, Bedoya adds goal in big Nantes win    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Terrence Boyd scored two goals -- his first goals in seven weeks -- as ...
Girls soccer handle takes on life of its own    
[SOCIAL MEDIA WATCH] SoccerGirlProblems (@SoccerGrlProbs) launched in 2011 to tweet humorously about the soccer problems of ...
De Grandpre returns to Red Bulls    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Marc de Grandpre is back with the New York Red Bulls, having been hired ...
Minnesota and New York top charts    
[NASL: Week 2] On a night when four of the five games were played before sellout ...
Dempsey involved in eight straight Seattle goals    
[MLS: The USA 20] Clint Dempsey, who had five goals in his last two games for ...
Luis Suarez interviews Paul McCartney    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Liverpool-born Beatles legend Paul McCartney was set to perform a concert ...
FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake set pace    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] A week after losing its first game of the season, FC Dallas rallied after ...
Rampone shows off hoops moves, nets first pro goal    
[NWSL: Week 2] Christie Rampone scored her first goal in a pro career that dates back ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives