Americans bury Ticas before sell-out crowd

[USA-COSTA RICA] The USA opened its post-Olympics tour with an 8-0 win over Costa Rica on Saturday in front of a sell-out crowd of 13,208 at Sahlen's Stadium.

The USA touted the same starting 11 that started the gold medal match against Japan at Wembley Stadium. That included forward and

Rochester native Abby Wambach scored two goals. Megan Rapinoe added two goals in the first half and Alex Morgan also contributed a goal in the opening 45 minutes.

The Americans jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the half and would have had more goals but for the play of Tica keeper Erica Miranda made 11 saves in the first 45 minutes.

Sydney Leroux, Carli Lloyd and Heather O'Reilly contributed goals in the second half.

Sept. 1 in Rochester, N.Y.
USA 8 Costa Rica 0. Goals: Rapinoe 13, 45, Wambach 24, 32, Morgan 38, Leroux 77 Lloyd 84, O'Reilly 89.
USA -- Solo (Loyden, 54); LePeilbet (Mitts, 45), Rampone, Buehler (Sauerbrunn, 45), O'Hara; Rapinoe (Rodriguez, 55), Lloyd, Boxx (O'Reilly, 45), Heath; Morgan, Wambach (Leroux, 72)
Costa Rica -- Miranda; Saenz (Sanz, 85), Cruz, Ugalde, Guillen (Y.Rodriguez, 89); Granados, Alvarado, Campos; Herrera (Benavides, 64), R.Rodriguez, Barrantes (Almazan).
Referee: Christina Ibanez (USA).
Att.: 13,208

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