Sunday 22 September, 2019

USA whip Reggae Girlz 6-0 to clinch spot at the FIFA World Cup

Jamaica's Reggae Girlz suffered a 6-0 defeat against the United States in the second semi-final match at the 2018 concacaf Women's Championship (CWC) in Texas on Sunday.

The result means that the United States clinched their eighth consecutive berth at the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan led the USA with two goals apiece, while Megan Rapinoe and Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan added one each.

The Americans will meet Canada, 7-0 victors over Panama in the opening match of the semi-final doubleheader, for confederation supremacy on Wednesday night.

Canada also qualified for the 2019 World Cup in France as both semi-final winners earned a spot, the losers (Jamaica and Panama) will get at least another try by playing in the third-place match on Wednesday night.

The Reggae Girlz are trying to become the first Caribbean country to qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup and if they lose the third  place match, the Caribbean side will have one final opportunity against Argentina in an intercontinental home-and-home series for the 24th and final spot.

For the fourth consecutive CWC match, the U.S. scored inside of 10 minutes to take the lead as Heath powered home a rebound of a Rapinoe shot past goalkeeper Sydney Schneider in the second minute. The hosts struck for two spectacular goals. In the 15th minute, right back Abby Dahlkemper, only steps from the midfield line, pin-pointed a 50-yard diagonal pass to Megan Rapinoe, who scored from seven yards.

The USA added another precision goal in the 21st minute as Ertz passed to left back Crystal Dunn, who brought the ball into the corner. She sent the ball to Ertz, who headed it in from point-blank range.

Heath added her second in the 29th minute before Morgan tallied four minutes later for a 5-0 halftime lead. Morgan scored her 96th international goal via a penalty kick in the 84th minute.

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