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USWNT 10-0 Puerto Rico: Dunn scores five in show of pure dominance

Crystal Dunn scored five while Kelley O’Hara, Christen Press, Sam Mewis and Carli Lloyd also scored, in addition to a Puerto Rico own goal, to complete the huge win that would send USWNT to Olympic Qualifying semis.

Crystal Dunn scored five goals, and Kelley O’Hara, Christen Press, Sam Mewis and Carli Lloyd also scored to go with a Puerto Rico own goal as the United States women’s national team completed a perfect group stage in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying with a 10-0 win in Frisco, Texas, on Monday.

The match featured three second-half goals in less than two minutes -- the own goal, Dunn’s third and Press’ goal -- and the Yanks were flying.

Next up is the all-important semifinal, as the USWNT advances to the Olympics with a win and gets nothing with a loss. Their semifinal opponent will either be Guyana or Trinidad and Tobago, with those nations tangling on Tuesday in Houston.

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The Yanks broke through before the clock hit 6:00, with 17-year-old Mallory Pugh using a scissors move to free herself for a run down the left flank. Pugh crossed for Dunn, who hit a low shot past Carly Gustafson to make it 1-0.

It was quite an ask for Gustafson, a part-time starter at Winthrop University now facing the best team in the world. And her next task was facing down a Lloyd penalty attempt, comically given after Pugh tripped herself up in the box. The Ballon d’Or winner didn’t miss, though her reaction (below) showed she know how close her upper-90 pinging blast was nearly off. 2-0.

United States v Puerto Rico: Group A - 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying

FRISCO, TX - FEBRUARY 15: Carli Lloyd #10 of USA celebrates her goal against Puerto Rico during CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying at Toyota Stadium on February 15, 2016 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Dunn added her second within two minutes of the pen, and the rout was on. The Yanks added another before halftime with O’Hara tapped in a set-up from Stephanie McCaffrey and Lloyd.

Puerto Rico was outshot 18-1 in the first half, and has 22 percent possession.

An own goal made it 5-0 when Pugh’s cross for Morgan was deflected in by Rivera, and Dunn completed her hat trick less than a minute afterwards with a classy low shot from about 22 yards.

Dunn’s fourth came in the 86th minute, another fantastic finish of a Megan Klingenberg pass. Mewis added her first career goal moments from full time.


USWNT: Naeher; Hinkle, Sonnett, Krieger, O’Hara; Lloyd, S. Mewis; Pugh, Press, McCaffrey; Dunn.

Puerto Rico: Gustafson; Rivera, Fiol, Johnson, Font; Mendez, Suarez, Pagan; Johnson, Rodriguez; Socarras

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