Los Angeles Soccer: Julie Fleeting

Abby Wambach hat trick starts U.S. off right

October, 28, 2010
Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach is one of the most prolific goalscorers of her generation -- there's also Canada's Christine Sinclair, Germany's Birgit Prinz and Scotland's Julie Fleeting -- and she added to her legacy Thursday night.

Wambach scored her sixth international hat trick and assisted a fourth goal as the U.S. women's national team opened CONCACAF's Women's World Cup qualifying tournament with a 5-0 dismantling of Haiti in Cancun, Mexico. Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez (Santa Margarita Catholic HS/USC) added a goal, and Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx (South Torrance HS) had an assist for the Yanks, who have Group B games remaining against Costa Rica and Guatemala.

The goals were Wambach's 110th, 111th and 112th with the U.S., which is expected to claim on CONCACAF's two guaranteed berths in next year World Cup in Germany. The third-place finisher in the regional tournament will meet Italy for an additional berth.

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