The United States Women's National Team beat Costa Rica, 8-0, in an international friendly on Aug. 16. It was the first match of the United States' victory tour.
The United States Women's National Team's victory tour got off to a rousing start on Sunday.
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The United States beat Costa Rica, 8-0, in an international friendly on Aug. 16. FOX Sports' Laura Vescey covered the event.
Vescey says the crowd of 44,028 at Heinz Field is the largest ever for a United States women's friendly. Heinz Field is the home of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh native Meghan Klingenberg scored one of the Americans' goals. After she scored, the crowd waved thousands of the Steelers' famous "Terrible Towels." United States coach Jill Ellis even tossed a "Terrible Towel" Klingenberg's way.
Klingenberg told Vescey the hometown crowd inspired her and her teammates:
"I love Pittsburgh and being here was just incredible and and to be able to bring my teammates and my friends and coaches here to experience what an incredible city and incredible fan base we have is really incredible.
"You knew Pittsburgh was going to show up and be extremely loud and waving their terrible towels. This is a blast celebrating this World Cup and preparing for the Olympics."
According to USSoccer.com, Christen Press and Heather O'Reilly made the biggest statements on offense. Press recorded a hat trick. For her part, O'Reilly scored two goals for the United States.
O'Reilly opened up the scoring in the fourth minute. After she stole the ball, she went to Costa Rica's penalty area and kicked the ball into the net from the right side.
In the 29th minute, Megan Rapinoe fed the ball to Press inside the penalty area. Las Ticas blocked Press' right-footed attempt. Press got the rebound and scored using her opposite foot. The Americans now had a two-goal lead, per USSoccer.com.
Rapinoe again had a hand in the United States' next goal.
Her corner kick from the left side set up center back Julie Johnston. The latter's header went by Costa Rica goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz for a 3-0 lead.
Just before halftime, Press scord her second goal of the match. The USSoccer.com udpate says Diaz thwarted Shannon Boxx's header. Press was there for the putback. Her team now had a four-goal lead at the break.
Kligenberg's moment of glory came in the 56th minute.
Tobin Heath head the ball had the ball near the left endline. The ball found its way to Klingenberg, who did the rest, per USSoccer.com.
Four minutes later, Press tried to put the Americans up by six goals but her shot bounced off the crossbar. O'Reilly got the rebound and scored. The USSoccer.com update says it's "the second multi-goal game of her career."
Whitney Engen and Press scored two more goals in the next eight minutes. Those ended the night's scoring.
All-time leading goal scorer Abby Wambach did not start of the United States. She checked in late in the second half. Wambach registered an assist on the Engen goal, per Vescey.
Wambach might see more action in the ensuing friendlies. Vescey says Sydney Leroux just had ankle surgery. She will be out for three months. Alex Morgan is not 100 percent as she is coming off knee surgery.
"Syd and Alex are ruining my Victory Tour experience," Wambach told FOX Sports. "I'm happy to just get subbed in for the lat five minutes."
The United States will face Costa Rica again on Aug. 19. This time, the match will be at Finlay Stadium in Chattanooga, Tn., per USSoccer.com.
After the Costa Rica match, the United States will face Australia in a pair of friendlies. Ford Field in Detroit, Mi. will be the venue of the first match on Sept. 17. Legion Field in Birmingham, Al. will host the second one on Sept. 20, per USSoccer.com.
The Americans will play two friendlies against Brazil in October. No dates and venues have been set yet, per USSoccer.com.
From there, the United States will take November off. It still has no opponent for December, per USSoccer.com.
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