Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
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

MOST COMMENTED

[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
What They're Saying: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer    
"Our newest soccer champions represent an opportunity for New York to recognize that heroes and role ...
ICYMI | MLS: The wait for Pirlo ends    
Is one of the greatest Italian players in history worth a reported $9 million over 18 ...
Average attendance down at Canada 2015    
While the total attendance of 1,353,506 for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada set a ...
TV Report: BeIN Sports draws 1.5 million viewers for Copa America final    
BeIN Sports averaged more than 1.5 million total viewers on its two networks for the Argentina-Chile ...
MLS Power Rankings: Sporting KC retains first place    
Sporting Kansas City kept the top spot in Soccer America's MLS  Power Rankings after sitting out ...
Scouting Report: USA opens against reshaped Catrachos    
The USA begins its Gold Cup title defense against a familiar foe, Honduras, in the second ...
2015 Gold Cup Schedule    
The 2015 Gold Cup opens with a Haiti-Panama and USA-Honduras doubleheader in Group A on Tuesday ...
TV Report: One World Sports to air weekly NASL game    
The NASL has entered into a multiyear agreement with One World Sports to air an NASL ...
What They're Saying: English FA    
"Our lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on ...
Video Pick: Brazilian sent off for jumping the gun    
Here's the kind of ejection you don't see very often: Santos midfielder Geuvanio got a yellow ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives