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Wambach celebrates 200th cap with goal
by Paul Kennedy, February 13th, 2013 10:46PM

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[USA-SCOTLAND] Celebrating her 200th international appearance for the USA, Abby Wambach scored what proved to be the decisive goal with a diving header -- the 153rd goal of her career -- in a 3-1 win Wednesday over Scotland before 14,224 fans who braved temperatures dropping into the high 30s at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. Megan Rapinoe scored in her first start for new coach Tom Sermanni, and Christen Press scored her third goal in two games just three minutes after coming on for Wambach in the second half.

Wambach, the 2012 FIFA Women's Player of the Year, became the eighth American player to play at least 200 games for the national team.

North Carolina junior Crystal Dunn, the 2012 Soccer America Women's Player of the Year, earned her first cap at the senior level when she came on for Ali Krieger in the 69th minute. Krieger was making her second-consecutive start after missing a year of action following a major knee injury in January 2012.

Dunn was the fourth player to receive her first cap under Sermanni, after Press, midfielder Kristie Mewis and defender Julie Johnston earned their first caps against Scotland on Saturday.

Next up: Iceland to open the Algarve Cup on March 6 at Municipal Stadium in Albufeira, Portugal. The USA's second Group B match against China on March 8 will also be in Albufeira. It will finish group play with a match against Sweden March 11 at the Municipal Stadium in Lagos. The USA will take a 25-game unbeaten streak into the tournament. Its last loss was to Japan on March 5, 2012, at the Algarve Cup.

-- The crowd broke a Tennessee record for a women's match. The USA beat Sweden, 3-1, in front of 13,081 fans at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga in 1997.

Feb. 13 in Nashville, Tenn.
USA 3 Scotland 1. Goals: Rapinoe 21, Wambach 51, Press 64; Grant 81.
USA -- Solo; Krieger (Dunn, 69), Engen, Buehler, O'Hara (Lindsey, 85); O'Reilly, Boxx (Lloyd, 67), Cheney, Rapinoe; Leroux (Heath, 81), Wambach (Press, 61).
Scotland -- Fay (Lynn, 46); Jones, Beattie (Brown, 56), McSorley, Small; Crichton (Mitchell, 66), L.Ross, Lauder (Murray, 78), Little, J.Ross (Malone, 89), Love (Grant, 76).
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA).
Att.: 14,224.



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