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The After Bar: USWNT 8 – Costa Rica 0

Yes! The shoe shine celebration! (Photo Credit: inourfinalhour.tumblr)

The United States women's national team played their first match after winning gold in the 2012 London Olympics, and kicked off theif “Fan Tribute Tour” with a bang , defeating Costa Rica 8-0. Abby Wambach notched a pair of goals in front of her hometown crowd, while Megan Rapinoe (2), Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Carli Lloyd, and Heather O'Reilly contrbuted to the smashing win as well.

The win was overshadowed by the announcement earlier in the day that coach Pia Sundhage would soon be stepping down as head coach of the USWNT to pursue options in her home country. Last night the Associated Press was already reporting that Sundhage will take over the Swedish National Team on December 1st.

The Lady Nats will face Australia on the next stop of their Tribute Tour on Sunday, September 16th at the Home Depot Center at 10:30am CT.

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Analysis from some of the women's game best writers:
 
– Steve Davis (NBC Sports): “U.S. women crust Costa Rica”
 
– Jeff Kassouf (Sports Illustrated): “The legacy of Pia”

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