THE USWNT DEFEATS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AT SPORTING PARK

All three FC Kansas City players starred in the U.S. 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago

The U.S. Women’s National Team opened CONCACAF Women’s Championship play with a tight 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago at Sporting Park. Abby Wambach scored the lonely goal in the 54th minute.

Reigning NWSL Champions and FC Kansas City players Becky Sauerbrunn and Lauren Holiday started and played the full ninety minutes. Amy Rodriguez entered the field in the 86th minute.

The first half ended scoreless after a spectacular performance by Trinidad’s goalkeeper Kimika Forbes who gave the American offense a hard time throughout the game.

Nine minutes into the second half, two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year Abby Wambach scored the lonely goal after heading a cross from Alex Morgan who dribbled into the left side of the box in the 54th minute.

Trinidad and Tobago created a few opportunities in the second half and nearly equalized in the 84th minute after Kennya Cordner’s long-range shot that barely went over the crossbar.

FC Kansas City’s top scorer last season, Amy Rodriguez entered the match to a standing ovation in the 86th minute after replacing Megan Rapinoe and nearly increased the lead for the U.S.A. in the 90th minute but was unable to push the ball after a cross from Morgan.

With this victory, the USWNT now share the top of Group A with Haiti, both with 3 points followed by Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago with no points.

Next up, Head Coach Jill Ellis’ team will host Guatemala this Friday at Toyota Park in Chicago at 8:00 p.m. CT.