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United States v. Mexico, CONCACAF World Cup Qualification: Women win big

The USWNT’s road to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in France begins against El Tri.

2018 Tournament Of Nations: Brazil v United States Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Quick Recap:

Hot take - Megan Rapinoe is very good.

Rapinoe led the way with a goal in the 3rd minute of the match, set up Alex Morgan with a goal in the 57th minute off a corner kick, and claimed her second goal of the match in the 70th.

Julie Ertz (47th minute), Tobin Heath (61st minute), and Alex Morgan (80th minute) would add goals on the night for total domination against Mexico, 6-0.

Next up for the United States is Panama on Sunday, October 7 with a 2 PM PST kickoff.

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team aim to defend their 2015 World Cup title in France next summer. Their pursuit of a spot in that tournament that begins Thursday evening at Cary, North Carolina, as they kick off the group stage of the CONCACAF Championship tournament against Mexico. The top two teams from this tournament will qualify for France, while the third-place team will go to a playoff against Argentina.

Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe should feature heavily for the US out on the left wing under head coach Jill Ellis’ 4-3-3 formation. As everyone knows, the United States are stacked with talent, with most of the roster playing in the NWSL, including 2018 NWSL MVP Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath, NWSL Most Online Player Emily Sonnett, and reigning NWSL champions Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, and Sam Mewis. Needless to say, expectations are high for the United States to win this tournament and qualify for next summer’s World Cup, but as we know, matches are not won on paper.

First up for the defending World Cup champions is Mexico, who last month had a pair of friendlies in France, first losing to France’s national team 4-0 and then claiming a 2-0 victory over powerhouse club Paris Saint-Germain. Reign FC fans might see a familiar face line up for El Tri in forward Katie Johnson, who played for Seattle in 2017 but was traded to Sky Blue FC prior to the 2018 NWSL season. Another name to look out for is defender Christina Murillo, who may become your new favorite player in this tournament after reading this incredible profile by Sandra Herrera.


How to Watch

Date/Time: Thursday, October 4 @ 4:30 PM PST

Location: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park — Cary, North Carolina

TV: FOX Sports 2, Univision

Streaming: FOX Sports Go
Note: Cable authentication will be needed

Additionally, Seattle’s Atlantic Crossing Pub in the Roosevelt District neighborhood will have a viewing party where you’ll receive a 10% discount on your tab if you’re wearing Reign FC or USA gear.

Join the Discussion

This is your USWNT gamethread — join us in the comments as the match unfolds and keep an eye out on the @rovalks twitter feed for when Megan Rapinoe inevitably does some awesome Megan Rapinoe Things.

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