VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 22: Sydney Leroux #14 and Alex Morgan #13 of the United States celebrate a goal while Ana Lucia Martinez #17 of Guatemala watches during the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament at BC Place on January 22, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
It was another easy win for the USWNT tonight as the rolled right on through Guatemala, winning the game 13-0. Unlike the game against the Dominican Republic, the goals didn't come as quickly during this game, as the US tried to feel out their Guatemalan counterparts during the opening five minutes. That was until Abby Wambach got the first goal of the game (sound familiar?). From that point on the US went out on all cylinders, much like they did two nights before. Going into their final group game against Mexico, the USWNT have already tallied a total of 27 goals in the qualifying tournament, all scored within a two day period.
It was an extra special night for Vancouver native Sydney Leroux, who much like her teammate Amy Rodriguez two nights before, came into the games as a sub in the second half and scored five goals. Leroux, who comes from a Canadian mother and an American father, has duel citizenship in both the US and Canada, hence why she is able to play for the USWNT. Less than three minutes in the game and Leroux had her first career goal for the US in just her second appearance for the team. She then went on to score her next two goals only six minutes apart from each other, leading to her first career hat trick. Leroux would score her last two goals in the 70th and 87th minutes, capping off a historic night for the 21-year-old.
Alex Morgan, another young star with a bright future for the USWNT, got a late goal against Guatemala, after taking some shots two nights before that couldn't reach the back of the net. Abby Wambach was strong as usual, netting two goals in the game, bringing her career total to 129, inching ever closer to Mia Hamm. Amy Rodriguez, Lauren Cheney and Megan Rapinoe also all had goals against Guatemala.
The US Women now move on to their final group match against Mexico on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. This Mexican squad might be the only team in the group that will give the US any real challenge, but are still expected to lose the game. Seeing how well Pia Sundhage's squad meshed tonight in both periods against Guatemala, it would come as no surprise if she fielded the same starting XI for the final group match.