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United States v. Jamaica, CONCACAF World Cup Qualification Semi-Final: United States qualify for the World Cup

In a complete surprise to no one, United States have qualified for next summer’s World Cup.

United States v Mexico: Group A - CONCACAF Women’s Championship Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Recap

The United States did what they were supposed to do, what we expected to do. And now they are going to France for next summer’s World Cup.

Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe got a goal and an assist in her 45 minutes of work as United States routed Jamaica 6-0. Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each claimed a brace, and Julie Ertz got on the score sheet to round out the goals for the US.

United States did their damage in the first half and it was right from kick-off. Reigning NWSL MVP Lindsey Horan got the first shot on goal, that was deflected by Jamaica’s goalkeeper, Sydney Schneider and Tobin Heath pounced on the second opportunity. From there it was all United States and it wasn’t even close.

With the win, United States advances to the championship game of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship where they’ll face that familiar foe, Canada, led by one of the greatest to ever play the beautiful game, Christine Sinclair. That championship game is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 with a 5 PM PST kickoff.

And more importantly, the win secures a spot for the United States at next summer’s FIFA World Cup in France, where they look to defend their reign as World Cup champions. Once the remaining open qualification spots are secured, the draw for next summer’s tournament will be held on December 8, 2018.

So between now and then, start saving up your money, get your research on travel and lodging accommodations and bon voyage United States!


Two. That’s how many wins are the United States are away from winning this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship and securing one of three automatic qualification spots for next summer’s FIFA World Cup in France.

After posting a perfect record in the group stage with Panama, Mexico, and Trinidad & Tobago, the United States have a semi-final match tonight against Jamaica.

To no one’s surprise, the United States are the dominant favorite going into this match because of their juggernaut offense that scored 18 goals in the group stages and posting a clean sheet through it. They are doing what everyone expected them to do.

For Jamaica, the “Reggae Girlz” could give the United States a tougher matchup as their players have experience across club play (four players in European leagues) and youth. 16 year old Jody Brown leads Jamaica with three goals at tournament so far.

Lineups

United States

Jamaica

First Half Highlights

Also known as, the goals from the United States.

2nd minute: Tobin Heath

15th minute: Megan Rapinoe

21st minute: Julie Ertz

29th minute: Tobin Heath

33rd minute: Alex Morgan

How to Watch
Date/time: Sunday, October 14, 5 PM PT

Location: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX

TV: FS1, UDN

Streaming: Fox Sports Go

Join the Discussion

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