U.S. Women post another blowout in Olympic qualifying

U.S. Women post another blowout in Olympic qualifying


U.S. Women post another blowout in Olympic qualifying


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The U.S. Women's national team figured to face a tougher task against Guatemala on Sunday than it did after a 14-0 thrashing of the Dominican Republic to open CONCACAF Olympic qualifying on Friday.

The challenge was slightly tougher, but only by a goal.

Abby Wambach scored two goals to move into third place on the all-time international goals scored list, while Sydney LeRoux added five goals in a 13-0 thrashing of Guatemala in Vancouver on Sunday.

The victory, coupled with Mexico's second group stage victory, sets up an all-important final group match on Tuesday between the United States and Mexico, with the loser facing a tougher path to qualifying for the Olympics.

Wambach's goals gave her 129 career goals, moving past German legend Birgid Prinz to trail only fellow Americans Mia Hamm (158) and Kristine Lilly (130) on the all-time scoring list.

LeRoux's five goals, which came in just her second national team appearance, was a tie for the most ever scored in one game by an American player.

Here are the match highlights.

Perhaps as important as the victory was the fact that the Americans avoided any injuries, something that wasn't the case in the tournament opener against the Dominican Republic. Defender Ali Krieger suffered a torn ACL and MCL in that match, and will be sidelined 6-8 months, which means she will likely miss the Olympics.

What did you think of the U.S. Women's latest blowout? Think they will have any trouble with Mexico? Excited to see LeRoux play so well?

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