The United States put itself in a deep hole in World Cup qualifying with one of its worst performances in decades.
Taking advantage of defensive mistakes, Costa Rica routed the U.S. 4-0 Tuesday night to drop the Americans to 0-2 for the first time in the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.
“A very, very bitter moment for us. There’s no doubt about it,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “We didn’t imagine going into the hexagonal with two defeats right at the beginning.”
Johan Venegas scored in the 43rd minute, Cristian Bolanos doubled the lead in the 69th and second-half substitute Joel Campbell beat beleaguered goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 74th and 77th minutes in the worst margin of defeat for the U.S. in a qualifier since a 5-1 defeat at Mexico in November 1980.
U.S. women's national team striker Alex Morgan is rounding into scoring form entering the Women's Champions League quarterfinals.
Morgan enjoyed her second straight multiple-goal game, following a hat trick in the French Cup quarterfinals with a two-goal showing in a lopsided 5-0 league win over Albi on Saturday. Morgan, who came off the bench at halftime, scored the final two goals within one minute of each other, with her first coming off a flying, karate-kick to meet a high-bouncing ball with the outside of her cleat.
The second came a bit more conventionally, with Morgan being played through, juking the goalkeeper and finishing into an empty net.
The U.S. women’s national team beat Russia for the second time in four days, winning an international friendly 5-1 on Sunday behind another double from Crystal Dunn. The U.S. beat Russia 4-0 on Thursday night and outdid themselves just days later. First it was Carli Lloyd who scored from a penalty kick on 20 minutes:
Crystal Dunn, who scored twice on Friday, got her first 38 minutes in:
Russia then scored from a penalty kick before an own goal made it 4-1, and Dunn got her second and team’s fifth to seal it in the 48th minute:
Alex Morgan has added another trophy to her long list of accomplishments as Lyon defeated Paris Saint-Germain in a penalty shootout in the UEFA Champions League final.
Despite leaving the match early on, Morgan’s night ended on a happy note as she watched goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi convert a penalty that gave Lyon the title. The match was contested in Cardiff City, Wales where the men’s final will be played this coming Saturday.
Morgan has been sidelined with a hamstring injury for the past few weeks and it flared up again just 18 minutes into the match and she was subsequently substituted in the 22nd minute.
This is the fourth time Lyon has won the Champions League, as they are now tied with Frankfurt for the most European titles in women’s soccer.