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U.S. women open 2015 World Cup qualifying with win over Trinidad and Tobago

U.S. women open 2015 World Cup qualifying with win over Trinidad and Tobago

Posted by Liliana Castaño on October 16, 2014

Abby Wambach scored in the 54th minute to help the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 on Wednesday night in their opening Women's World Cup qualifying game.

Wambach scored on a header off Alex Morgan's cross for her record-extending 171st international goal. Hope Solo made one save to push her U.S. record for shutouts to 74.

"It was frustrating," Wambach said. "We created a lot of chances but their goalie basically stood on her head this game until the end. We just couldn't break them down. In this tournament, we knew that we were going to be up against teams bunkering back and making things difficult for us in the 18, and we just weren't on our last bits. We were just a little bit off."

Trinidad goalkeeper Kimika Forbes made 11 saves and the United States had a 29-7 shots advantage.

"She was big time tonight," Trinidad coach Randy Waldrym said. "She was the player of the game for us. She kept it close and kept us in it. She's special. She was fantastic tonight."

The game was the United States' first competitive match since Jill Ellis took over as coach.

"I was happy, relieved, thankful that Abby put one away because, at the end of the day, with all those opportunities you need to put one in the net," Ellis said. "Credit to Trinidad. We don't see teams that often that sit as organized and put so many numbers behind the ball. I thought it was an excellent challenge for us. We created a lot of opportunities, but defensively gave up some big mistakes. We should have done a better job finishing."

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