The U.S. Women’s National Team kicked off its campaign to qualify for the 2016 Olympics this summer in Rio with a comfortable 5-0 win over Costa Rica on Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas at Toyota Stadium.
Three Thorns FC players appeared in the starting lineup as Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Meghan Klingenberg all logged 90 minutes in the match. Klingenberg helped the U.S. register a shutout, while both Heath and Horan proved instrumental in the United States’ attack.
Less than 15 seconds into the match, Horan showed her skill and precision with pinpoint service off the opening kick that set up the fastest goal in U.S. Soccer history – Alex Morgan’s goal just 12 seconds into the game.
Heath factored into the final goal of the match, which featured the impressive first touch and skills of Christen Press in the 83rd minute, as she delivered the cross for Press’ magic goal.
Up next, the U.S. Women’s National Team squares off against Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. (Pacific). The match will be streamed on NBC Live Extra with a replay on NBC Sports Network at 6:30 p.m. (Pacific).