[U.S. WOMEN] Abby Wambach
scored the 100th goal in her international career to give the USA a 1-0 win over Canada Sunday in
her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. She became the fifth American to reach the century mark, joining Mia Hamm
(129), Michelle Akers
(105) and Tiffeny Milbrett
The goal was Wambach's first
international goal since she broke her left leg in the USA's final tune up for the 2008 Olympics.
Substitute Lauren Cheney
, who replaced
Wambach on the Olympic roster, set up Wambach for the game's only goal, slipping a perfect ball behind Canadian defender Candace Chapman
that Wambach ran on
to and after a touch rolled her past Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc
"I think it's pretty fitting that Lauren Cheney, the girl who
replaced me going to the Olympics after my leg breaking, played me an amazing ball," said Wambach. "I took a great first touch, and just hit it far post. Thankfully, it didn't go
The USA dominated Canada, 21-3, but could put only one goal past LeBlanc, the Los Angeles Sol goalie.
In the eighth minute, midfielder Angela Hucles
rocked the crossbar from 19 yards out, but her shot struck the underside of the bar and bounced away.
The game marked the return of
. who earned her first cap since she tore her ACL in June 2008. Whitehilll played very well in her 45 minutes before giving way to Mitts at
Captain Christie Rampone
missed the game with an emergency abdominal surgery. July 19 in
Rochester, N.Y. USA 1 Canada 0.
Goals: Wambach 78. USA --
Barnhart, Whitehill (Mitts, 46),
LePeilbet, Buehler, Chalupny, O'Reilly (Heath, 75), Hucles, Boxx, Rapinoe, Rodriguez (Cheney, 63), Wambach. Canada --
LeBlanc, Chapman, Zurrer,
Wilkinson (Gayle, 89), Timko (Nault, 58), Matheson, Parker (Moscato, 85), Robinson (Stewart, 46), Lang (Pacheco, 80), Filigno (Kyle, 75), Sinclair. Referee:
Margaret Domka (USA) Att.: