Abby Wambach has been voted FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, becoming the first American to win the award in a decade.
Thanks to a hostile crowd, difficult playing surface and poor road record in Saprissa, the odds are heavily weighted against the U.S.' emerging with a win against Costa Rica, writes Steve Davis.
With one week remaining in the season, the playoff picture for the W-League is completely open. Only five of the 13 teams heading to the second season have been determined.
The one-sided win against Guatemala allowed players such as Jimmy Conrad to make a strong case for inclusion in the final U.S. World Cup roster, writes Steve Davis.
An hour after the game, Mia Hamm was still on the field, hugging, crying, and posing for pictures with an Olympic gold medal around her neck.