Las Ticas to play top-ranked U.S. soccer team for Olympic spot

January 27, 2012

The solo hope for the Costa Rica women’s soccer team to qualify for the 2012 Summer Games is to defeat the top-ranked team in the world. Luckily for the Ticas, the United States might be without star goalie Hope Solo.

Costa Rica plays the U.S. tonight at 7 p.m. in Vancouver, Canada, in the semifinals of the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament. The winner of this match and the other semifinal, Canada vs. Mexico, qualifies for London. The losers are eliminated.

Costa Rica is 0-7 all-time versus the U.S. and has been outscored 34-0 in those matches.

The U.S. women’s team, runners-up in the last World Cup, already routed the Dominican Republic (14-0), Guatemala (13-0) and Mexico (4-0) in the tournament. The 41st-ranked Ticas defeated Cuba and Haiti and took a loss to Canada.

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