US women soccer Olympic hopes at stake Friday



VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — It doesn’t matter that the U.S. women’s soccer team is clearly one of the best in the world. It doesn’t matter that the Americans have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 31-0 so far in Olympic qualifying.

All that truly matters is one game.

The setup of the qualifying tournament puts all of the onus on Friday’s semifinals — United States vs. Costa Rica and Canada vs. Mexico — for the two CONCACAF berths for the London Games.

The Americans have never lost to Costa Rica — they’ve never even allowed a goal in seven games against the Central American nation.

But the U.S. players say they are focused because of what’s at stake.