USA shuts out Mexico for second time in as many games
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Hope Solo extended her shutout record to 73, and Amy Rodriguez, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe scored to help the U.S. women's soccer team beat Mexico 4-0 in an exhibition game Thursday night in chilly conditions.
Hometown hero Abby Wambach played the second half in the Americans' final exhibition game before World Cup qualifying. The crowd started chanting "We Want Abby! We Want Abby!" in the 30th minute, and the Rochester native took the field after halftime. The entrance to Sahlen's Stadium was renamed "Wambach Way" in 2012.
The United States also beat Mexico 8-0 on Saturday night in Utah, with Solo breaking a tie with Briana Scurry for the U.S. shutout record. The Americans are 29-1-1 against Mexico and extended their home winning streak to 86.
Rodriguez opened the scoring in the ninth minute, darting to pick up a poor back pass and chipping goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago. Rapinoe scored in the 37th minute with a left-footed strike that deflected past Santiago. In the 44th, Tobin Heath took Rodriguez's pass and beat Santiago,
Carli Lloyd nearly made it a four-goal lead before halftime, but her flick bounded off the inside of the goal post before being cleared.
Morgan completed the scoring in the second half with a late header.