[CONCACAF WOMEN"S CHAMPIONSHIP] Abby Wambach
showed why she is still one of the most feared women's strikers in the world
as she scored four goals and added an assist as the USA won the Concacaf Women's Championship with a 6-0 win over Costa Rica in Sunday's final before before 11,625 spectators at PPL Park at Chester,
Wambach scored after only four minutes and had the eighth hat trick of her international career by the 41st minute with a trio of headers. Her fourth goal was the best of
the bunch, a chip over Tica keeper Dinnia Diaz.
Wambach leads the USA with 14 goals in 2014 and has now has 177 goals in 228 matches. Although she is no longer a full-time starter on the
national team, she was the lone American nominated
for the FIFA Women's Player of the
The other U.S goals were scored by Carli Lloyd,
her fifth in five tournament matches, and Sydney
, who scored her first goal of the competition in the second half.
The tournament's top awards went to Lloyd (Golden Ball as MVP with five goals and four assists), Wambach
(Golden Boot with a tournament-high seven goals in four games) and Hope Solo
(Golden Glove winner with four shutouts).
Solo had little to do,
though, as for the fourth game in a row, the USA held its opposition with a shot on goal. The USA finished the tournament with a 21-0 edge in goals and its last four games with a 83-4 edge in
The USA won the Concacaf Women's Championship for the fifth time after wins in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. It did not participate in the 1998 event because it already
qualified for the 1999 Women's World Cup at the host. In 2010, the USA finished third behind Canada and host Mexico.
In Sunday's third-place game, Mexico defeated Trinidad &
Tobago, 4-2, on a pair of goals by Charlyn Corral
in overtime to win the third-place game and automatic qualification to the 2015 Women's World Cup. El Tri
Femenil was the 21st team to qualify.
On Saturday, Ivory Coast became the sixth team to qualify for the Women's World Cup for the first time when it won the third-place game at the
African Women's Championship.
The final three berths will be go to the Oceania champion, the winner of the Ecuador-Trinidad & Tobago playoff and the winner of the European playoff in
which four teams -- Netherlands, Scotland, Italy and Ukraine -- are entered. Oct. 26 in Chester, Pennsylvania USA 6 Costa Rica 0.
Goal: Wambach 4, 35, 41,
71, Lloyd 17, Leroux 73. USA --
Solo; Krieger, Rampone, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg; Holiday, Brian (Leroux, 56), Lloyd; Press (O'Reilly, 56), Wambach,
Rapinoe (Heath, 57) Costa Rica --
Dinnia Diaz; Saenz (Venegas, 46), Sanchez, D.Cruz, S.Cruz, R.Rodriguez; L.Rodriguez (Guillen, 76), Granados, Alvarado;
Herrera, Acosta (Sanchez, 74). Referee:
Lucila Venegas (Mexico). Att.: