The USA women’s national soccer team kept their 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification hopes alive with a 3-0 win over Costa Rica in Cancun, Mexico on Monday night.
Lauren Cheney and Abby Wambach scored for the United States to secure a spot in a home and away playoff series (to be held on November 20th and 27th) against Italy for the final spot in next summer’s tournament.
USA — Lauren Cheney (Lori Lindsey) 17th minute
USA — Abby Wambach (Lori Lindsey) 33
USA — Abby Wambach (Lauren Cheney) 50
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 16-Ali Krieger, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler; 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx (4-Yael Averbuch, 57), 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Lori Lindsey; 12-Lauren Cheney, 20-Abby Wambach (5-Alex Morgan, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Jill Loyden, 2-Heather Mitts, 13-Kristine Lilly, 14-Stephanie Cox
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage
CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz; 20-Wendy Acosta, 3-Hazel Quiros (2-Silvia Flores, 46), 6-Carol Sanchez, 8-Daniella Cruz, 7-Maria Barrantes (14-Cristin Granados, 69), 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.) (17-Jacqueline Alvarez, 74), 16-Katherine Alvardo, 12-Laura Sanchez, 15-Monica Malvassi, 11-Raquel Rodriguez
Subs not used: 5-Ivonne Rodriguez, 9-Carolina Venegas, 18-Priscila Tapia, 19-Adriana Venegas
Head Coach: Randal Chacon
In other action last night, Canada defeated Mexico 1-0 on a Christine Sinclair penalty to win their second CONCACAF World Cup qualification tournament title.