As expected, the United States women’s national soccer team’s were victorious in their final official exhibition match before the Rio 2016 Olympics. Crystal Dunn, Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd and Christen Press all bothered the scorers to take USWNT past Costa Rica, 4-0 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.
The USWNT will go to Brazil in chase of some silverware and other feats that have never been accomplished, no team has ever won the Olympics the year after winning the World Cup, something the 2015 world champions are determined to change. They are also looking to claim an unprecedented fourth straight Olympic gold medal and fifth in six Games to feature women’s soccer.
On Friday, Dunn opened the scoring in the 15th minute, tapping in a low cross from Meghan Klingenberg. Seven minutes later, Pugh finished a left-footed shot after an individual effort on the dribble.
Lloyd made it 3-0 just before halftime, finishing a feed from Becky Sauerbrunn, and Press added an insurance goal in the 79th minute.