USWNT thrash Costa Rica in Olympic qualifying opener

USWNT thrash Costa Rica in Olympic qualifying opener

U.S. Women's National Team

USWNT thrash Costa Rica in Olympic qualifying opener


Photo by Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports

Photo by Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports

The U.S. Women’s National Team couldn’t have imagined a better start to the team’s run through CONCACAF’s Olympic qualifying tournament.

Led by an Alex Morgan tally just 12 seconds into the match, the USWNT cruised past Costa Rica, 5-0, at Toyota Stadium in the reigning Women’s World Cup winners’ first game of Group A play. Prior to the USWNT’s result, Mexico topped Puerto Rico, 6-0, in Group A, leaving the U.S. in second place heading into the second round of games.

The U.S. women established their dominance straight from kickoff, as Morgan fired home a Carli Lloyd chipped pass less than 15 seconds into the match. Just eight minutes later, Lloyd doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Crystal Dunn was taken down in the box.

Dunn herself added to the USWNT scoreline in the 15th minute, following up on her own rebound for her fifth international goal and final USWNT tally of the opening 45 minutes.

Morgan added another in the 62nd minute by finishing another Lloyd assist before Christen Press finished off the USWNT’s scoring in the 83rd minute with a spectacular first tough and spinning finish.

Defensively, goalkeeper Hope Solo recorded the 92nd shutout of her career, extending her all-time USWNT record.

Following the win, the USWNT returns to action on Saturday in a clash with Mexico at Toyota Stadium, where the U.S. remains 4-0-0 following Wednesday’s victory.

Check out highlights of the USWNT victory below:

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