VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Abby Wambach and Christine Sinclair have spent the last two weeks chasing each other, chasing history and chasing a place in the London Olympics.
Part three has been accomplished. Wambach and the U.S. women’s soccer team qualified for the Summer Games on Friday night by beating Costa Rica. Sinclair and the Canadians punched their ticket a couple of hours later with a win over Mexico.
Now for a little competitive fun. The United States and Canada play each other Sunday in the championship game of the qualifying tournament. With the Olympic berths settled, the game is essentially for bragging rights between neighboring rivals.
In addition, Wambach and Sinclair are tied with 129 career goals. They’re one behind Kristine Lilly — and still quite a few behind Mia Hamm’s world-record 158.