USWNT Begin World Cup Victory Tour With 8-0 Win

KlingenbergIt’s been nearly six week since the U.S. Women’s National Team grabbed the nation’s attention with its stunning 5-2 World Cup victory over Japan.

But the love U.S. soccer fans have for the USWNT has not waned one bit, as was exhibited by the 44,028 at Heinz Field Sunday to watch the U.S. top Costa Rica 8-0 in game one of the team’s Victory Tour. The attendance set a record for the largest crowd for a stand-alone U.S. Women’s home match.

Christen Press and Heather O’Reilly led the scoring for the USA with a hat trick and a brace respectively. Defenders Julie Johnston and Whitney Engen also scored and goaltenders Ashlyn Harris and Hope Solo split time in net for the clean sheet.

Perhaps the most meaningful goal was scored by Pittsburgh native Meghan Klingenberg, who found the back of the net early in the second half. Klingenberg celebrate by waving a Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towel that was handed to her by head coach Jill Ellis.