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USA's two-touchdown win comes at a price
by Paul Kennedy, January 21st, 2012 4:44AM

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[CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING] The USA put up touchdowns in each half to beat Dominican Republic, 14-0, in its opening game at the Concacaf Olympic Women's Qualifying Tournament at Vancouver's BC Place. The 14 goals broke a 20-year-old national team record, and second-half sub Amy Rodriguez tied an individual U.S. record with five goals. But the win came at a price as U.S. defender Ali Krieger was lost with a knee injury that will be sideline her for 6-8 months. She will likely miss the London Olympics if the USA qualifies.

Krieger was injured in the 40th minute when the Dominican Republic's Leonela Mojica nailed her right leg, and the U.S. right back had to be stretchered off the field. An MRI confirmed Krieger sustained tears to the medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in her right knee.

The 14 goals broke the previous mark of 12 established during back-to-back 12-0 wins in 1991 Concacaf Women's World Cup Qualifying against Mexico and Martinique.

The score was 3-0 after seven minutes, 5-0 after 19 minutes and 7-0 after 31 minutes. The USA finished with a 49-3 edge in shots.

Rodriguez is the fifth American to score five goals in a game, joining Abby Wambach (2004), Michelle Akers (1991), Tiffeny Milbrett (2002) and Brandi Chastain (1991).

Wambach scored just 37 seconds into Friday's match, which is believed to be the fastest goal in U.S. history, Heather O'Reilly contributed a hat trick, her first ever for the USA.

"This team is ready and I think the fact we got early goals made it easier for us," said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. "We got early momentum and it's very hard to play against us when we have a good start. It's good to play games after our training camp leading up to this where we did the hard work to prepare. We want to try to qualify for the Olympics and we care about every single game and every single goal."

Jan. 20 in Vancouver
USA 14 Dominican Republic 0. Goals: Wambach 1, 19, Lloyd 5, Buehler 7, O'Reilly 17, 31, 78, Heath 30, Rodriguez 46, 48, 58, 69, 75, Cheney 64.
USA --  Solo, Krieger (Mitts, 43), Buehler, Rampone, LePeilbet, O'Reilly, Lloyd, Boxx, Cheney, Heath (A.Rodriguez, 46), Wambach (Morgan, 46)
Dominican Republic -- Salazar, Odaliza Diaz, Lopez (O.Santana, 51), Polanco, Sanchez, Vargas, Frias, Mojica, J.R. Rodriguez (K.Rodriguez, 88), Nunez, Mateo.
Referee: Cardella Samuels (Jamaica).
Att.: 6,321.



1 comment
  1. David Huff
    commented on: January 23, 2012 at 11:13 a.m.
    That's very unfortunate about Ali Krieger, she's a shining light in that defense. A very costly 'win' for the USA in this one as a result. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ms. Krieger!


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