The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Joshua Richards

A SELL-OUT 20,535 crowd had their pa­tience se­verely tested this week but were even­tu­ally re­warded by wit­ness­ing world cham­pi­ons USA trounce Costa

Rica 7-2. Just 15 min­utes af­ter kick-off in Chat­tanooga, with USA lead­ing 2-0 through Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly, the heav­ens opened and an 84-minute de­lay en­sued be­fore it was deemed safe for the match to restart.

Af­ter the de­lay, Lloyd and O’Reilly both scored again, while 35-year-old Ab­byWam­bach got in on the act be­fore Kather­ine Al­varado put through her own net.

Costa Rica bagged their firstever goal against the USA through Cristin Grana­dos just be­fore half-time be­fore Karla Vil­lalo­bos dou­bled their tally on 69 min­utes.

But Alex Mor­gan had the fi­nal say, mark­ing her re­turn to ac­tion af­ter mi­nor surgery with the evening’s ninth goal.

Closer to home, Scot­land have con­firmed they will play

Nor­way at Partick This­tle’s Firhill Sta­dium on Septem­ber 17.

Scot­land be­gin Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fi­ca­tion later this year and man­ager Anna Signeul said:“This is a very ex­cit­ing fix­ture to round off our Euro prepa­ra­tions.

“This match will pro­vide a tough test for us ahead of the open­ing qual­i­fier and is an ex­cit­ing prospect for Scot­land sup­port­ers as we em­bark on a new cam­paign.”

Scot­land, Eng­land and Wales will com­pete in the 16-team Home­less World Cup in Am­s­ter­dam next month.

Teams are split into two groups with the com­pe­ti­tion run­ning from Septem­ber 12-19 at a pur­pose-built street football sta­dium in front of the Ri­jksmu­seum.

Eng­land’s most capped player Fara Wil­liams, who was her­self home­less when she be­gan play­ing the game, is the na­tional am­bas­sador for the Home­less FA.

She said: “To have the op­por­tu­nity to help these girls is some­thing that I didn’t want to turn down. I wanted to share my story with them and show them that there is a path­way to get out of the sit­u­a­tion they’re in.”

ON TAR­GET: Carli Lloyd

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