By Ryan Mayer
It’s been a good year for the USWNT. Last July, they took home the biggest prize in women’s soccer: the World Cup behind a spectacular performance from Carli Lloyd. The women now have their sights on the next prize available to them: an Olympic gold medal.
The US women are the defending gold medalists heading into Rio 2016 after beating Japan 2-1 in London in 2012. Qualifying for this year’s Olympic tournament began last night and the USWNT showed little to no rust in blowing out Costa Rica 5-0. The US got things started early, real early with a goal from Alex Morgan.
Escalated quickly indeed. After that Alex Morgan goal, the US tacked on tallies from Carli Lloyd (9′) and Crystal Dunn (15′) in the first half. In the second half, Morgan got her second goal of the game in the 62nd minute before Christen Press scored after what might be the most beautiful first touch you’ll ever see.
An easy win for the US who will take on Mexico in the next qualifying match on Saturday at 4 pm ET, and will air on replay on NBCSN at 9:30 pm ET that night.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.