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USWNT Faces Costa Rica in Final Match Before Rio 2016 Olympics

USA vs. Costa Rica

Olympic Send-Off Match

Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kansas

July 22, 2016

The U.S. Women’s National Team has just one match remaining before departing for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and it will be against regional foe Costa Rica on July 22 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (8 p.m. CT on ESPN and Univision Deportes Network).

U.S. head coach Jill Ellis named her 18-player Olympic Team on July 12 and will bring that squad, plus the four alternate players, to Kansas City for the match. She will suit up just 18 players for the second meeting with Costa Rica this year. Fans can follow all the action from #USAvCRC on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA is 13-0-1 in 2016, earning 12 shutouts while allowing just four goals, three of which came against Japan on June 2. The USA started the year with a 5-0 win against Ireland and then won two tournaments earlier in the year – taking the title at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in February and the SheBelieves Cup in March.

In the SheBelieves Cup, the USA defeated England 1-0 on March 3 with a spectacular late goal from Crystal Dunn, downed France 1-0 in stoppage time on March 6 off a brilliant pass from Mallory Pugh to Alex Morgan, who finished with class in the first minute of stoppage time, and then came from behind to defeat Germany, 2-1 , in a match it had to win to take the tournament title.

The USA played two friendly matches against Olympic Group G opponent Colombia in April, winning 7-0 and 3-0 with seven different players scoring the 10 goals. The USA played two entertaining matches against Japan in June, a wild 3-3 draw on June 2 in Commerce City, Colo., that saw the USA go down 2-0 after 22 minutes, only to roar back to take a 3-2 lead heading into stoppage time on goals from Alex Morgan, one in each half, and a dramatic 89th minute header from hometown hero Lindsey Horan. The referee added four minutes and Japan equalized in the third minute of stoppage time. The USA won the rematch 2-0 in Cleveland during a game that was stopped in the 76th minute due to inclement weather as Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan tallied goals. In the USA’s most recent match, the team faced fellow Olympic qualifier South Africa for the first time in the program’s history on July 9 and found Banyana Banyana to be quite competent, winning just 1-0 on a goal from Crystal Dunn as the USA logged a dominating if somewhat uneven performance.


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