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Stanford's Bonanni scored three times in Team USA victory

Stanford junior Bret Bonanni scored four times to help the United States men's senior water polo team open the FINA World Cup with a 19-1 victory over South Africa on Tuesday in Almaty, Kazakhstan.


Bret Bonanni/USA Water Polo
Cardinal senior Alex Bowen added three goals for the Americans, who meet Montenegro on Wednesday.

The U.S. played Montenegro to a draw in last month's Deutschland Cup in Germany and is 0-1-1 against them this year.

The game against South Africa was never in doubt as the Americans were headed for a shutout until the South Africans converted a penalty shot in the final minute.

The U.S. is 12-14-1 overall, with five of those losses coming to 2012 London Olympic gold medalists Serbia.

The Americans are currently playing with two Olympians, though several others are scheduled to return next year in preparation for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Women's soccer

The U.S. women's national team faces Switzerland for the first time in its history when the two teams square off Wednesday at WakeMed Soccer Park in a match that sold out its 10,000 tickets on July 25.

The match kicks off at 4:30 p.m. PT and will be shown on ussoccer.com.

The USA is 7-2-3 so far in 2014 and will be playing its third match under head coach Jill Ellis since she was officially been named to the position.

With just two days of training prior to the match, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has called up just 19 players for this match and will choose 18 for the game-day roster. Eighteen of the 19 players are currently playing in the NWSL (only rising college senior Morgan Brian is not a professional) and 10 players are on clubs that will enter the National Women's Soccer League semifinals this weekend.

The USA will have two more international friendly matches before CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying takes place in the United States in October.

The USA faces Mexico on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on Sept. 18 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York.

The 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, which will qualify three teams for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, will be played from Oct. 15-26 in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who has earned 71 shutouts in her 152 caps since debuting for the USA in 2000, needs just one more clean sheet to surpass Briana Scurry's record, set over 173 caps from 1994-2008.

Eleven of Solo's shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women's World Cup and six during the Olympics.

Sydney Leroux is the USA's leading scorer this year with seven goals. Stanford grad Christen Press has four goals and one assist. She has scored 12 times in her first 24 WNT games.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo

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