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SOCCER: CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Jan. 19-29, Vancouver – USA crushes DOM in Olympic Soccer Trials

SOCCER: CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Jan. 19-29, Vancouver – USA crushes DOM in Olympic Soccer Trials

2012, Vancouver, Canada, FIFA Olympic Women’s Soccer Trials, within minutes, the top ranked USA was scoring points, the 88th ranked Dominican Republic muster little offend, losing 14-0.

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VANCOUVER, Canada (Jan. 20, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled past a young and over-matched Dominican Republic side to open the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying Tournament with a dominating 14-0 victory in a match played indoors at BC Place.

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Amy Rodriguez (Image via Wikipedia)

The 14 goals set a U.S. WNT record for most goals in a game, breaking the previous mark of 12 established during back-to-back 12-0 wins in 1991 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying against Mexico and Martinique.

Second-half sub Amy Rodriguez tied an individual U.S. Women’s record with five goals (all in the second half) for her second career international hat trick. Abby Wambach (Oct. 23, 2004 vs. Ireland, also all five in the second half), Michelle Akers (Nov. 24, 1991, against Chinese Taipei in the FIFA Women’s World Cup), Tiffeny Milbrett (Nov. 2, 2002 in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying) and Brandi Chastain (whose five came in that rout of Mexico on April 18, 1991) also have five-goal games to their resume.

It was the first match of the year for the U.S. Women and first-ever meeting with the Dominicans. The Americans started fast and never let up, getting a goal just 37 seconds into the match, which is believed to be the fastest goal in U.S. history, surpassing Heather O’Reilly’s goal against New Zealand in the 2008 Olympics that came just 40 seconds after the opening whistle.  (click here to read complete story)

WNT vs. Dominican Republic: Reaction – Jan. 20, 2012

U.S. Women’s National Team players react to the 14-0 win against the Dominican Republic to open CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. Amy Rodriguez, Heather O’Reilly and Lauren Cheney talk about the win and look forward to the next game in Vancouver, against Guatemala on Sunday.

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The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin play Friday night in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, when it faces the Dominican Republic. The United States will play three games in four days, including Sunday against Guatemala and Monday against Mexico.

Of the 20 players on the world’s top-ranked U.S. squad, 19 were on the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup team that won silver. The team includes high-scoring forward Abby Wambach, who has 125 career international goals, and captain Christie Rampone, 36, who intends to retire after the Olympic Games.

The only new player is forward Sydney Leroux, a native Canadian who came to the United States as a high school student. She was an All-Pac-10 player at UCLA.

The U.S. women have never lost an Olympic qualifying match, going 8-0-1. They must finish among the final two in the eight-team tournament in order to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Following preliminary group play, the all-important semifinals will be held Jan. 27, followed by the championship game Jan. 29. All games will be played indoors at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“We believe that we are one of the best teams in the world, (but) you can’t just show up for qualifications and expect to win nowadays,” said Wambach, an Olympic gold medalist with the 2004 U.S. team.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET Friday, Universal Sports; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Universal Sports

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A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT THE WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE OLYMPIC QUALIFYING MATCHES

CHICAGO (Jan. 2, 2012) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called up 29 players for nine days of training at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before the team leaves for the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament being held in Vancouver, Canada. from Jan. 19-29.

The camp in Los Angeles will run from Jan. 7-15 as the U.S. Women kick off the year with an important training period after which Sundhage will choose a 20-player roster for Olympic Qualifying. All 29 players called up for this camp participated in the USA’s December training camp at The HDC.

Of the 29 players called up, 12 participated in qualifying for the 2008 Olympics during a tournament held in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in April of 2008. The USA won that tournament, defeating Canada in penalty kicks in the championship game after earning its berth to Beijing with a 3-0 victory over Costa Rica in the semifinal during a match played in a dust storm. The WNT will have no such issues in Vancouver as all the games will be played indoors on an artificial surface.

In Vancouver, the USA will open Group B play against the Dominican Republic on Friday, Jan. 20 — the second match day of the competition — squaring off against the Caribbean nation at 7:30 p.m. PT. The U.S. will then face Guatemala on Sunday, Jan. 22 (4:30 p.m. PT) and finish group play against Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m. PT). Host Canada heads Group A, which also features Costa Rica, Cuba and Haiti. The matches will be broadcast on the Universal Sports Network and Telemundo. The release of a broadcast schedule is forthcoming.  Read more here

Above excerpt courtesy of ussoccer.com

In preparation for the Olympic Qualifying matches, which will all be played on an artificial surface, the U.S. WNT is getting in a few trainings on the fake stuff.

The U.S. WNT begins the year with a week of training in the warm climes of Los Angeles before traveling north to Vancouver, B.C. for the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

U.S. Women's National Team vs. Canada

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