The US Women’s National Soccer Team continues to cruise through 2016 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, adding to their already impressive resume as the world champions in a 5-0 thrashing of Costa Rica at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (home of FC Dallas).
As with so many of the Americans’ matches, the contest was over before it really even began. Alex Morgan got the party started with her first goal – in the first TWELVE seconds – off a beautiful header into the box from Carli Lloyd.
In case you were wondering, that is indeed the fastest goal in US women’s soccer history, and it’s apparently something that the team has been working on in practice.
Alex Morgan says postgame that USWNT has been working on that kickoff as a set play. Paid dividends tonight.— Jeff Kassouf (@JeffKassouf) February 11, 2016
Lloyd followed that up with a goal of her own off a penalty in the ninth minute on a controversial foul that appeared to occur outside the penalty box, and Crystal Dunn’s deflection off Costa Rica’s keeper into the net just six minutes later essentially put the match out of reach just fifteen minutes in.
But that wasn’t it for incredible displays of talent and athleticism, as Morgan added a second goal with a beautiful, soft header off a cross into the box from (you guessed it) Carli Lloyd, and Christen Press’ 83rd minute goal gave the final result. Press stopped on a dime in the box, turned around, and fired a strike into the back of the net with conviction.
Check out highlights from the entire game below.
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All game footage and information courtesy of NBCSports and US Soccer. Featured image credit: US Soccer