Costa Rica Sports News – There was never any doubt that the Americans would crush Costa Rica on Sunday afternoon – but that wasn’t the point. The match was less about the result and more about a World Cup victory lap as coach Jill Ellis cycled through her bench, using all her substitutions to give 17 players time on the pitch in an easy 8-0 victory.
But for the players that had quiet World Cup showings or may find themselves fighting for a place on next year’s Olympics roster, it was a chance to prove their value. To that end, forward Christen Press, who didn’t have the breakout performance some predicted in Canada, played like she had something to prove, out-hustling her teammates to notch a hat-trick. Veteran winger Heather O’Reilly, who has seen her stock drop under Ellis, nabbed a brace.
But the first order of business, of course, was celebration. In their first match since winning the World Cup last month in Canada, the US women debuted their new kits with three stars above the crest to signify World Cup wins in 1991, 99 and this year.
A whopping 44,028 fans turned out for Sunday’s romp at Heinz Field, the home of … continue reading
Via:: Costa Rican Times