USWNT Olympic Spectacular

February 18, 2016
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On Friday, the United States women’s national team will take on Trinidad and Tobago with a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics on the line (7:30 pm CT, NBCSN).

The match comes after the U.S. rounded out group play on Monday with a 10-0 thrashing of an over-matched Puerto Rico.

Here are some highlights from that win:

In the victory, Crystal Dunn dropped five goals on the U.S.’s island neighbors and 17-year-old sensation Mallory Pugh demonstrated a dazzling array of individual skill.

If you weren’t following along on Twitter, you also missed some trademark snark from commentator Roger Bennett, who took over the NBC Sports Soccer account during the match.

In rare starts, some Americans didn’t take advantage of their chance against Puerto Rico, including underwhelming performances from Sam Mewis, Emily Sonnett and the normally reliable Christen Press.

In group B, Canada came out on top and will likely be the U.S.’s opponent in the final on Sunday. Canadian forward Christine Sinclair also passed Mia Hamm’s all-time goal mark this week. Retired U.S. striker Abby Wambach congratulated Sinclair on Twitter and encouraged her northern counterpart to continue scoring, all the way past Wambach’s own record.

Looking forward, U.S. Soccer announced an upcoming friendly against Colombia, to be played in Hartford, Connecticut on April 6.


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