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Sydney Leroux scores 5 goals as U.S. women’s soccer team routs Guatemala, 13-0

What’s wrong with the U.S. women’s national soccer team? Fourteen goals Friday, but only 13 on Sunday against Guatemala?

Yes, the Americans rolled to another comical CONCACAF Olympic qualifying victory to increase their goal haul to 27 in two matches heading into the group finale Tuesday against undefeated Mexico at BC Place in Vancouver. Because of its massive goal difference, the USA needs only a draw to clinch first place and presumably avoid the host nation, Canada, in the critical semifinals. (The two semifinal winners qualify for the Summer Games in London.)

Sydney Leroux, 21, scored five second-half goals Sunday in just her second U.S. appearance to tie a program single-game record. With Canadian and American parents, she was born and raised in British Columbia before moving to the States.


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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