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WATCH: United States give Dominican Republic an almighty shoeing

The US women’s soccer team launched their qualifying campaign for the London Olympics with a 14-0 annihilation of their neighbours.

Heidy Salazar feels the pain.
Heidy Salazar feels the pain.
Image: ASSOCIATED PRESSAP

WITH ITS SIGHTS set firmly on this summer’s Olympic Games, the United States women’s soccer team began its qualifying campaign in ruthless fashion last night, scoring an unanswered 14 goals against the Dominican Republic.

Anxious to avoid a repeat of its circuitous route to the 2010 World Cup, for which an uncharacteristic loss to Mexico was to blame, star striker Abby Wambach encouraged her team to score as many goals as possible, even when they’d pulled nearly ten goals clear of their abject opponents.

“It’s not easy to beat a team 14-0, quite frankly,” Wambach said. “But at the end of the day we needed to make sure and secure the goal differential. That’s what’s been on my mind all night.”

The mammoth goal differential will likely be playing on the mind of Heidy Salazar, too. She was the unfortunate charged with tending the Dominican Republic goal.

Just how dominant was the “Women’s National Team” (or WNT in US soccerball speak)? Video below:

– additional reporting from the AP

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