U.S. shines in 3-0 victory over Colombia


Megan Rapinoe, who was originally left off the United States women's national soccer team, scored early in the second half and then grabbed one of the special effort microphones in the corner of the field and sang.

"Born in the U-S-A ..."

Rapinoe was one of three goal scorers for the Americans, who beat Colombia, 3-0, Saturday in pool play of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Sinsheim, Germany.

Heather O'Reilly's long-range shot into the upper left corner of the net in the 13th minute started things off and Carli Lloyd finished it late.

"I'm just really proud of this team," O'Reilly said. "I think we did some great stuff."

The U.S. has a commanding lead in Group C, needing a tie with Sweden, which has beaten the U.S. this year, on Wednesday (11:30 a.m. PT) to win its group. The Americans have already clinched a spot into the quarterfinals.

Stanford grad Rachel Buehler and the rest of the Americans' defenders have kept opponents from scoring in two games. The U.S. has a plus-3 goal advantage over the Swedes, who beat Korea DPR, 1-0.

Buehler cleared the ball in the 47th minute, directing leading to Rapinoe's goal, which was assisted by Lauren Cheney. Stephanie Cox, who had just subbed in, assisted on Lloyd's goal. O'Reilly afterward, took advantage of a defensive turnover for her score.

O'Reilly scored her third career World Cup goal, and the first since the third-place match against Norway four years ago.

Rapinoe's goal was the first World Cup goal of her career. It was her third of the season and her 11th as a national team member.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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on Jul 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm

In articles about the USA women winning in World Cup play, the opponent deserves some respect. The country's name is Colombia, not Columbia. Surely the editors at the Weekly at least know how to spell the names of other nations?

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