Wambach inches closer to history as USWNT rout Korea Republic

Wambach inches closer to history as USWNT rout Korea Republic

U.S. Women's National Team

Wambach inches closer to history as USWNT rout Korea Republic

Carli Lloyd

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Women’s National Team continued their unbeaten ways on Saturday and Abby Wambach moved one step closer to making history in the process.

The U.S. defeated Korea Republic, 4-1, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Saturday night, riding a pair of early goals to victory to improve to 8-0-2 under head coach Tom Sermanni.

Abby Wambach came off the bench and capped the scoring in the game played in front of more than 13,000 fans, netting on a stoppage-time penalty kick that brings her within two goals of Mia Hamm’s all-time scoring record of 158 international goals. The match also marked the return of goalkeeper Hope Solo, who came off the bench to play the second half in her first game since being sidelined with a wrist injury in late February.

The U.S. got off to a dream start in the match, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the opening seven minutes. Kristie Mewis, a Hanson, Mass. native, found the back of the net for the first time in a U.S. jersey thanks to a Sydney Leroux assist in the third minute and Lauren Cheney scored the winner shortly thereafter off a feed from Tobin Heath.

Korea Republic made things close again courtesy of a Cho Sohyun strike minutes before the half-hour mark, but the U.S. regained a two-goal advantage when Carli Lloyd scored from distance in the 57th minute. Wambach, who replaced Leroux at the start of the second half, then added the Americans’ fourth three minutes into stoppage time after Alex Morgan was brought down in the penalty area.

The U.S. will face Korea Republic again on June 20 in a friendly at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

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