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Wambach’s head on in 6-0 U.S. victory


Wambach’s head on in 6-0 U.S. victory

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CHESTER, Pa. (AP) – Abby Wambach has been concerned recently about overthinking headers.

She seemed to have it all worked out on last night when she scored four goals – three with her head – in a 6-0 victory over Costa Rica that gave the World Cup-bound United States national team their fifth CONCACAF Women’s Championship title.

“Thankfully, today [yesterday] my teammates put me in positions where I really couldn’t think,” she said afterward. “I was set up to be successful.”

The U.S. women had already secured a trip to next year’s World Cup in Canada with a victory over Mexico in the semi-finals of the eight-team, four-city tournament.

Wambach scored on a header in the fourth minute, and fed Carli Lloyd one in the 17th to put the United States up 2-0. It was Lloyd’s fifth goal of the tournament.

Wambach scored with her head again off a cross from Lloyd in the 35th minute and added another header in the 41st, also with the assist from Lloyd.

She added her fourth, this time a chip, in the 71st minute. It was her second career four-goal game; she scored five goals in a match against Ireland ten years ago.

“I think her focus is crazy good. She’s really locked down and working on every facet of her game,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said, adding with a smile: “We did some extra heading with her because she thought her timing was slightly off. I think she did all right tonight.”

Wambach now has 18 goals in World Cup qualifying, breaking Michelle Akers’ team record (17). Wambach already has the career record for goals with 177, and she leads the team with 14 goals this year.

It was the first time a single player has scored four goals in a CONCACAF women’s championship title match.

“All you can do when Abby Wambach is playing that is pray – pray that the ball doesn’t get to her,” said Costa Rica coach Avedissian Garabet.

Sydney Leroux scored in the 73rd minute for the final margin.