ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Abby Wambach had a happy homecoming, and U.S. women's coach Pia Sundhage started saying her farewells in what proved to be an eventful kickoff to the gold-medal winning team's victory tour.
Hours before Saturday's 8-0 exhibition win over Costa Rica, Sundhage announced she will be stepping down and returning to her native Sweden. She will depart after a successful five-year term in which she led the Americans to back-to-back gold medals and their first World Cup final in 12 years.
Wambach and Megan Rapinoe each had two goals and an assist as the U.S. extended its winning streak to 12 and improved to 9-0-0 against Costa Rica. Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Sydney Leroux and Heather O'Reilly also scored.
Sundhage's decision partly overshadowed Wambach's trip home to Rochester, where she is one of the city's most high-profile and adored athletes. A sold-out crowd of more than 13,208 attended the game, and Wambach jerseys were all over the stands.
Wambach was welcomed with a rousing cheer as the co-captain -- in her bright yellow cleats -- led the team on to the field and waved to the crowd. A day earlier, Wambach was honored by having the entry path to the stadium named in her honor, and about 1,000 fans showed up to cheer on Wambach during the U.S. team's practice.
"I couldn't be more proud to have Rochester be my hometown, this be the first game of our victory tour and it be the way it just was," Wambach said. "It was electric."
The fans got what they wanted when Wambach headed in a cross from Rachel Buehler in the 24th minute Saturday. As the crowd erupted, Wambach headed toward the bench where she was mobbed by her teammates.
She scored again seven minutes later to give her 145 goals in international play, second on the all-time list -- and 13 behind former teammate Mia Hamm.
She departed in the 71st minute and fans chanted "Abby!" as Wambach raised her arms and waved before heading to the bench, where she gave Sundhage a big hug.
"I never do that," Wambach said, referring to the hug. "That's a sign of where it's going to be hard not to leave a field and get into the locker room and not see her. I love Pia so much, because she has shown me what it's like to love the game."
The Americans improved to 89-6-10 since Sundhage took over in 2007.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.