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Highlights and interviews: U.S. women crush Costa Rica

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KANSAS CITY, KS - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Pia Sundhage of the United States looks on before a game against Canada on September 17, 2011 at LiveStrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

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Well, in terms of drama and spectacle, it wasn’t exactly U.S. winning the Gold at Wembley.

But if the United States just needed a designated victim to kick off Gold Medal victory tour, Costa Rica is probably is good as any.

The U.S. women clobbered the helpless Costa Ricans, 8-0, Saturday in their first contest since the 2012 London Olympics. Abby Wambach and MMegan Rapinoe scored twice each in front of a sell-out crowd of 13,208 at Rochester’s Sahlen’s Stadium.

Here are the highights – a bunch of them – as Pia Sundhage starred the same 11 who were on the field to begin the recent gold medal match against Japan at famed Wembley Stadium.

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Of course, the afternoon was poignant because of Pia Sundhage’s pre-game revelation that she would soon step down as U.S. manager after five years in the position.

What Sundhage told the NBC team following Saturday’s match.

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