USWNT looks for blowout sendoff to Olympics with Costa Rica visit

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After three-straight tough opponents, the United States women’s national team once against sees a foe it routinely kicks across the field.

Amelia Valverde brings Costa Rica to Kansas City on Friday for the Yanks’ last match before the World Cup champions leave for the Olympics in Rio.

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This will be the fourth time the two sides have matched up since the start of 2015, and the U.S. has had plenty of success. Jill Ellis has presided over 8-0, 7-2 and 5-0 wins, the last result coming in Olympic qualifying.

The U.S. needs to be firing on all cylinders when the Olympics begin on Aug. 3 against New Zealand, their opponents just one of three challenging group stage foes (France and Colombia are also in Group C).

Costa Rica tied both Spain and South Korea at last summer’s World Cup, only losing to Brazil 1-0, but has lost all 13 of its contests against the USWNT. Friday should be a feel-good night for Ellis’ squad.