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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Abby Wambach scored in the 54th minute to help the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 on Wednesday night in their opening Women's World Cup qualifying game.
Wambach scored on a header off Alex Morgan's cross for her record-extending 171st international goal. Hope made one save to push her U.S. record for shutouts to 74.
The game was the United States' first competitive match since Jill Ellis took over as coach. The Americans are 23-1-0 in Women's World Cup qualifying. They are 4-0-0 against Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup qualifying and 8-0-0 overall in the series.
The United States and Trinidad and Tobago are in Group A along with Haiti and Guatemala. In the opener at Sporting Park, Haiti beat Guatemala 1-0 on Lindsey Zullo's goal. On Friday night in Bridgeview, Illinois, the United States will play Guatemala, and Haiti will face Trinidad and Tobago. On Monday night in Washington, the United States will play Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago will face Guatemala.
The top two teams in group will face to the CONCACAF semifinals on Oct. 24 in Chester, Pennsylvania. The top three teams will qualify for the Women's World Cup next year in Canada, while the fourth-place team will face Ecuador for a spot.