If anyone was wondering how Team USA was going to play tonight in their opening CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament Group B match against the Dominican Republic, they answered that question early.
Abby Wambach scored the first of her two goals a mere 37 seconds into the match.as FIFA world number one ranked Team USA got off to a blazing start, raced to a 7-0 halftime lead and added seven more goals in the second half before exiting the BC Place pitch with a record setting 14-0 victory.
The score might have been even more lopsided if it hadn’t been for some acrobatic saves made by Dominican goalkeeper Heidy Salazar.
The previous record for Team USA in a CONCACAF qualifier was an 8-0 win over Haiti in 2004
Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath, Rachel Buehler and Lauren Cheney had single tallies, Heather O’Reilly had a hat trick and Amy Rodriguez came off the bench to score five times in this offensive onslaught that put Team USA at the top of Group B over Mexico, who knocked off Guatemala in the early game 5-0..
While Team USA extended its record in CONCACAF Olympic qualifier play to 9-0-1 and continued its streak of never losing a game on Canadian soil, there was the downside of seeing midfielder Ali Krieger being carried off the field in the 42nd minute after her right knee was raked by the extended foot of Leonela Mojica.
After a day off, the defending two time Olympic champions play their second Group B match on Sunday against Guatemala.