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Wambach delivers again


first_imgPORTLAND — The stakes weren’t monumental, but the show was worthy of a big stage.Abby Wambach delivered two goals in the second half Thursday, and the United States delighted a crowd of 18,570 with plenty of offensive creativity in a 3-0 victory over Canada in an international women’s soccer exhibition match at Jeld-Wen Field.Playing for only the second time since the heartbreaking loss on July 17 to Japan in the World Cup final, the USA dominated on Thursday by using its quickness and short passing to build the attack from many angles.But it wasn’t until the final half-hour that the Americans delivered goals.Not surprisingly, it was Wambach who delivered. Dating to the World Cup, the 31-year-old from Rochester, N.Y., has scored in her last six appearances for the national team. That includes the only goal in a 1-1 draw with Canada on Saturday in Kansas City.“I was proud of everybody. If you create enough opportunities, a few are going to fall,” Wambach said.First came a left-footed dart from the top of the 18-yard box in the 63rd minute that screamed into the left side of the net.Seven minutes later, Wambach struck again with a diving header at the left post to finish off a cross from Kelley O’Hara.The exclamation point came in the final seconds of the match, when Alex Morgan was in the right place to re-direct a Lauren Cheney header into the goal.last_img

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