U.S. Women beat Costa Rica 3-0 to advance to playoff

U.S. Women beat Costa Rica 3-0 to advance to playoff

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U.S. Women beat Costa Rica 3-0 to advance to playoff

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With their backs against the wall and in a rather unusual spot, the U.S. women's national team responded in appropriate fashion, defeating Costa Rica 3-0 in the CONCACAF Third Place game.

Lauren Cheney opened the scoring with a goal in the 17th minute, creating space at the top of the box and blasting a shot that deflected past Ticos goalie Dinnia Diaz. Abby Wambach scored on either side of the half to extend the lead and put the game out of reach in Cancun.

Next up for the U.S. women is a two-game playoff against Italy for a spot in the 2011 Women's World Cup. The first leg of the series will be held in Italy on November 20, and the second to be hosted at Toyota Park a week later on November 27.

Here are the highlights from Monday's game:

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