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Wambach scores 3 goals as USA begins Women's World Cup qualifying with 5-0 victory over Haiti

The United States began its stroll through the group stage of Women's World Cup qualifying with a 5-0 victory over Haiti. Washington Freedom striker Abby Wambach scored three times for the Americans, who will face Guatemala (0-1) tomorrow night in Cancun. With her sixth career hat trick, Wambach improved her international scoring total to 112. The other group begins play tonight with favorites Canada and Mexico facing Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, respectively.

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After the match, the U.S. players visited the Haitians in their locker room to pass on the cleats, clothes, additional soccer gear and comfort items they had brought with them from the United States. Wambach spoke briefly to the Haitians, praising their fighting spirit during the match and explaining the motivation for the gifts. She said that the U.S. players wanted to show their support for all that the Haitian players are going through in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and expressed the hope that they would take the few gifts and go back with a smile on their faces as they help rebuild their country.

*Video highlights:

By Steve Goff  | October 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF, Women  | Tags:  women's soccer  
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Comments

Way to go Abby! Dear Pia, the public demands some PT for Becky Sauerbrunn!

Posted by: Tony-Tony-Tony | October 29, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Lilly with 350th cap . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | October 29, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Wow!! thanks for showing the game highlights. I would have really enjoyed being able to watch this match on TV yesterday (although I did enjoy seeing the Giants make mincemeat of the Rangers).
Go Abby Go!! I agree w/Tony Time to see Saurebrunn play!
Go FREEDOM and GO USA!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 29, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Damn, I got something in my eye...

Posted by: paj18 | October 29, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Nice assist from Lilly on that 5th goal. Yesterday, I was making the point to the U9s about the importance of assists (as normal 8 and 9 year-olds, they all want to score). I should show them this video.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 29, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

10bestfan: Are you not aware that the entire tournament is being streamed at the CONCACAF site? I watched the USA-Haiti match in its entirety last night. You get a video plus crowd noise. For play-by-play and commentary, you can launch the matchtracker at the USSF site.

Inicdentally, the crowd, such as it was, was rooting for the underdog, or perhaps they were just reflexively anti-gringas.

Posted by: universityandpark | October 29, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad our girls won, but I'm also a little embarrassed we have to smash Haiti. 2 months ago they weren't even practicing and I don't know how much prep time they got since then.

I would've felt obligated to cheer for both had I been there. :-)

Posted by: ericruenes | October 29, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

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