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US women begin World Cup victory tour by routing Costa Rica 8-0 on Christen Press hat trick

  • United States forward Christen Press (23) beats Costa Rica midfielder Cristin Granados (15) to score a goal during the first half of a women's friendly soccer match on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    United States forward Christen Press (23) beats Costa Rica midfielder Cristin Granados (15) to score a goal during the first half of a women's friendly soccer match on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States midfielder Heather O'Reilly (9) celebrates after scoring a goal against Costa Rica during the first half of a women's friendly soccer match on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    United States midfielder Heather O'Reilly (9) celebrates after scoring a goal against Costa Rica during the first half of a women's friendly soccer match on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States' midfielder Heather O'Reilly (9) celebrates with Christen Press (23) after Press' goal during the first half of a women's friendly soccer match against Costa Rica on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Pittsburgh. The U.S. won 8-0.(AP Photo/Don Wright)

    United States' midfielder Heather O'Reilly (9) celebrates with Christen Press (23) after Press' goal during the first half of a women's friendly soccer match against Costa Rica on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Pittsburgh. The U.S. won 8-0.(AP Photo/Don Wright)  (The Associated Press)

Christen Press scored three goals to power the United States to an 8-0 exhibition romp over Costa Rica on Sunday in its first game since winning the Women's World Cup in Canada last month.

The game marked the opening of a victory tour by the Americans and was played before a crowd of 44,028 at Heinz Field.

Meghan Klingenberg grew up in Pittsburgh and rewarded her hometown fans with a goal. Heather O'Reilly added two goals, with the other scores coming from Julie Johnston and Whitney Engen

Press was two of Sunday's six starters who did not start in the World Cup final. Forward Alex Morgan did not play, having undergone minor knee surgery following the World Cup. Goalkeeper Hope Solo and forward Abby Wambach entered in the second half.