Alex Morgan

USA qualifies for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup after semi-final win over Jamaica

USWNT booked its spot at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by rolling past Jamaica 6-0 in the semifinal of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship.

It will be the eighth consecutive World Cup appearance for the USA, which has appeared in each of the previous seven tournaments that have been contested and winning in 1991, 1999 and 2015.

The USA scored inside the first 10 minutes in its fourth consecutive game at this tournament with Tobin Heath finding the net just 100 seconds into the game. She then added another goal later in the half for her second career multi-goal game. Megan Rapinoe scored on a beautiful finish in the 15th minute to expand the lead to 2-0. Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan also tallied to hand the USA a 5-0 advantage at halftime. By the end of a dominant first half, the USA had out-shot Jamaica 15-1.

To begin the second 45, the USA made a couple of subs and continued to control the pace of the game and maintained its shooting advantage (11-2 in the second half). The only goal of the frame came via a penalty kick awarded to Morgan, who buried the shot for her 96th international score.

In the first match of the day, Canada defeated Panama 7-0, to earn its berth at the 2019 World Cup and advanced to Wednesday’s championship game vs. the USA. Panama will face Jamaica earlier that Wednesday (5 p.m. ECT; FS2) with the winner of that game claiming the third automatic berth to the 2019 World Cup. The fourth-place finisher will head into a two-game playoff vs. Argentina in November.

The USA and Canada will then clash at 8 p.m. ET for the right to be crowned Concacaf champions. The match will be broadcast on FS1 or FS2 depending on the MLB Playoffs schedule. The game will also be available on UDN.

USA celebrate

– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: USA 6-0 Jamaica
Date: October 14, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship – Semifinals
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Attendance: 7,555
Weather: 64 degrees; rain

Lineups:

USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 19-Crystal Dunn, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 16-Rose Lavelle (2-Emily Sonnett, 58), 8-Julie Ertz (6-Morgan Brian, 46), 9-Lindsey Horan; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.) (20-Christen Press, 46)

Substitutes not used: 18-Ashlyn Harris, 3-Samantha Mewis, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Mallory Pugh, 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short

Head Coach: Jill Ellis

JAMAICA: 1-Sydney Schneider; 16-Dominique Bond Flasza, 5-Konya Plummer (capt.), 17-Allyson Swaby, 2-Lauren Silver (3-Shanise Foster, 72); 7-Chinyelu Asher, 9-Marlo Carmen Sweatman; 15-Jayden Matthews, 10-Jody Brown (20-Giselle Washington, 84), 14-Denisha Blackwood; 11-Khadija Shaw (4-Chantelle Swaby, 46)

Substitutes not used: 13-Nicole McLure, 8-Ashleigh Shim, 18-Trudi Carter, 6-Christina Chang, 12-Sashana Campbell, 19-Toriana Patterson

Head Coach: Hue Menzies

Stats Summary: USA / JAM

Shots: 26 / 3
Shots on Goal: 17 / 0
Saves: 0 / 11
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offside: 5 / 0

Officials:

Referee: Francia Gonzalez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4th Official: Lucila Venegas (MEX)

U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Lindsey Horan

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