If you weren't able to watch the US women's national team take on Costa Rica last night, it is safe to say you missed a record-breaking game that will go down in history. If you don't believe us, just take a look at the stats. The USWNT beat Costa Rica 6-0 and earned their 5th CONCACAF Women's Championship (No big deal..) The team scored 21 times over the course of their five wins in the tournament.
If that is not impressive enough, Abby Wambach scored 4 goals last night, that contributed to her record for most CAREER World Cup qualifying goals with 18. Three of the four goals were with her head.....(The things I would do to have Abby's header skills).
Carli Lloyd was an ABSOLUTE standout during this match. She had a goal and two assists, and demonstrated pure hard work and athleticism throughout the entire game. She is the engine of the team and her leadership will surely carry over to the World Cup next summer in Canada.
While watching the US annihilate Costa Rica, my mom kept re-emphasizing how impressive the USWNT is this year (As a soccer mother who had her children play as infants all the way up to/including college, sometimes she actually knows what she is talking about :-] ) She reiterated how women's soccer in the US is improving every single day.
I agreed with her, for every substitute that came onto the field for the US quickly adjusted and kept the high level of play. This just shows how crucial the depth of a team is to the game. If players are injured, others will come off the bench and step up. There's no denying that the USWNT proved their depth immensely throughout the tournament. For example, Sydney Leroux made an impact as soon as she stepped onto the field. She gave an AMAZING assist to Abby (so beautifully executed that it was poetic) and scored off of a header shortly after. She not only kept the level of play, but hyped it up as well.
Megan Rapinoe's post game interview is also worth mentioning. She was asked about "pressure" and her response was that she welcomes pressure. This something that all of us as soccer players should learn to do. If a player, team or coach is putting pressure on you, you should take it as a compliment. Pressure means someone is expecting great things out of you. Embrace it.
Christie Rampone made world history during the tournament gaining her 300th cap (Following her former teammate Kristine Lilly). She continues to impress us on and off the field, always representing what it means to be a true selfless teammate by continuously putting the team first.
And NOT to be overlooked, Leslie Osborne, Heather Mitts and Monica Gonzalez were fantastic commentators defying the stereotype that "women know nothing about sports." Their words on the game were intelligent and insightful (And not to mention we were impressed about their ability to look good while wearing heels and NOT face plant).
The USWNT has officially secured a spot for the World Cup! The pressure now is to continue training to not only be better, but be the BEST in the World. We better see you all in Canada, you bring the snacks and we'll bring the face paint:)