VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — It’s hard not to look like a bully when the final score is 14-0. The U.S. women’s soccer team had never beaten anyone that badly, not even in the days of Mia Hamm.
But this is no time for sympathy. This wasn’t a friendly. This was the first game of qualifying for the London Olympics.
The non-competitive blowout of the Dominican Republic on Friday night left no doubt whatsoever that the Americans have banned complacency from the roster.
Coach Pia Sundhage says her team almost took qualifying for granted when it was upset by Mexico en route to last year’s World Cup. Forward Abby Wambach wanted as many goals as possible in case goal-differential is needed as a tiebreaker in the tournament.
The Americans next play Guatemala on Sunday.