The 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship wrapped up on February 21 with more whimper than bang. Unless you were on the USA team then you may have a few bruises which would suggest otherwise. Nevertheless, as expected the final featured USA vs Canada and while the former team showed up to play, the latter, well, were tactically wanting. And that’s all I’ll say on this particular topic.
Fifteen matches played. 78 goals scored (average of 5.2 per goal). 38 different goal scorers. Two qualifying teams. One malfunctioning confetti machine. All in a couple weeks work for these kick-ass women.
First: USA (4th title-2004,2008,2012)
Third: Costa Rica
Fourth: Trinidad and Tobago
Sixth: Guyana (won their first CONCACAF match ever)
Eighth: Puerto Rico
Golden Boot: Morgan Brian (USA)
Golden Ball: Crystal Dunn (USA)
Golden Glove: Hope Solo (USA)
Fair Play Award: USA
Best XI: Hope Solo (USA); Kelley O’Hara (USA); Becky Sauerbrunn (USA); Kadeisha Buchanan (CAN); Allysha Chapman (CAN); Tobin Heath (USA); Lindsey Horan (USA); Morgan Brian (USA); Ashley Lawrence (CAN); Alex Morgan (USA); Carli Lloyd (USA)
It’s not possible to recap every match and all the goodness that happened in each one…Oooookkkkkay, it is “technically” possible. I, however, am lazy.
I know! You’ll have to make do with a few highlights pulled from the depths of the interweb. Check out the official CONCACAF website for full match recaps and player / team stories.
USA vs Costa Rica – 12 seconds to Morgan glory
USA vs Costa Rica – see previous match comment
Canada vs Trinidad and Tobago – Sinclair. #159. Hells YEAH!! Sorry, not sorry, Mia.
Want more? Get ready ’cause a huge two weeks in women’s football is about to happen:
Fingers crossed I’ll be able to watch a couple matches from each tournament!