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Abby Wambach scores twice, Alex Morgan adds goal, Hope Solo earns shutout as U.S. women’s soccer team blanks Canada, 3-0

Abby Wambach scored twice and Alex Morgan added a late goal Thursday night as the U.S. women’s national soccer team rallied in the second half to defeat Canada, 3-0, in Portland, Ore.

The Americans capped the two-game friendly series with a strong second half after a 1-1 draw on Saturday in Kansas City, Kan., and a scoreless first half Thursday.

The games showed the drawing power of the full national team in proper venues: 16,191 at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City and 18,570 in Portland.

Pia Sundhage’s squad is off until a six-week camp in November, when preparations for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament begin. The Americans will play Sweden on Nov. 19 at University of Phoenix Stadium in suburban Phoenix. The eight-team CONCACAF event will take place indoors at BC Place in Vancouver, Jan. 19-29, with two teams advancing to the London Summer Games.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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