Saturday, September 1, 2012
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Abby Wambach kicked off the U.S. women's soccer team's victory tour — and Pia Sundhage's final stretch as American coach — by scoring twice in a 8-0 exhibition victory over Costa Rica on Saturday.
The U.S. team's first game since winning the gold medal at the Olympics last month was a homecoming for Wambach. And her return was overshadowed by Sundhage, who announced hours before the game that she is stepping down and returning to her native Sweden.
In five seasons, Sundhage led the Americans to consecutive gold medals and their first World Cup final in 12 years.
Megan Rapinoe had two goals and Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Sydney Leroux and Heather O'Reilly also scored.
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