USA crushes Costa Rica in first Olympic qualifying match

U.S. WNT Alex Morgan got the game going with her record-setting score. Photo Courtesy: Love @ll
U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan got the game off to a fast start with her record-setting score.
Photo Courtesy: Love @ll

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The U.S. Women’s National soccer team opened their play in Group A in the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Tournament with a 5-0 victory against Costa Rica.

The U.S. WNT team now has an all-time record of 13-0-0 against Costa Rica.

Despite losing several players they had during their run in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup this past summer, they proved that they’ve still got amazing talent on the roster. The U.S. WNT qualified for the Olympic Games for the sixth consecutive time, and won the CONCACAF Women’s Qualifying Championship for the fourth consecutive time.

Alex Morgan scored the first goal of the game just twelve seconds into regulation, which turned out to be the fastest goal scored in U.S. Soccer history.

15 minutes into the game, the U.S. found themselves up 3-0 thanks to a Carli Lloyd penalty kick and a beautiful shot by Crystal Dunn when she drilled the ball into the net after picking it off a Costa Rica defender at the goal line.

The U.S. wouldn’t score another goal until the 62nd minute when Alex Morgan scored her second goal of the game with an assist from Carli Lloyd.

And then, finally, in the 83rd minute, the U.S. made it 5-0 after Christen Press knocked it in with an assist from Tobin Heath.

This is Hope Solo’s 92nd career shutout, and her record for most shutouts has extended ever further.

The U.S. WNT will next face Mexico on Saturday. Mexico is coming off a 6-0 win against Puerto Rico in their opening Group A match. Mexico is currently in first place in Group A, so if the U.S. can take care of business and emerge victorious, then they will take first place.

The road to Rio de Janeiro has begun for Team USA…