A United States women’s national team that arrived in Mexico this week with two objectives has already achieved the primary: After a lopsided victory over Jamaica on Thursday night, the US clinched a spot within the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
The 5-0 victory got here within the Americans’ second game on the Concacaf women’s championship, which is serving as each a regional championship and in addition because the qualifying tournament for the Women’s World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics. America beat Haiti, 3-0, in its opening game on Monday.
Under the format of the revamped eight-team regional tournament, officially branded the Concacaf W Championship, the highest two finishers in each four-team group qualify routinely for the Women’s World Cup, where the US is the two-time defending champion.
America ensured it could be one in all the highest finishers with a dominant performance against Jamaica: Sophia Smith scored twice in the primary eight minutes, and Rose Lavelle, Kristie Mewis and Trinity Rodman added goals within the second half because the outclassed Jamaicans faded under an onslaught of U.S. depth and scoring probabilities.
The Americans’ place within the World Cup was only ensured a number of hours later, though, when Haiti beat host Mexico within the night’s second game. That result guaranteed the US a top-two finish in its first-round group, and a spot within the expanded 32-team World Cup in Australia and Recent Zealand next summer.
America is the twelfth nation to qualify, joining the co-hosts, together with South Korea, Japan, China, the Philippines and Vietnam from Asia; and Sweden, France, Denmark and Spain from Europe.
Canada, the defending Olympic women’s champion and the Americans’ biggest regional rival, is predicted to hitch that group on Friday, when it plays Panama in its second match within the tournament. But the most important story of the tournament might be Haiti: Its 3-0 victory over Mexico means it needs only a draw against Jamaica in its final group game to earn its first trip to the World Cup.
The following goal for the US, meanwhile, will probably be securing a spot within the Paris Olympics. Only the winner of the Concacaf tournament will earn a direct place in that tournament, though there will probably be a lifeline for the runner-up and third-place nations through a Concacaf Olympic playoff in September 2023.
U.S. Coach Vlatko Andonovski is managing a team in transition as he navigates the trail to each tournaments. The squad he dropped at Mexico is a mix of World Cup veterans like Lavelle, Lindsey Horan and Becky Sauerbrunn and recent faces like Smith, whose two goals gave her seven this 12 months, essentially the most for a U.S. player; defender Naomi Girma, who assisted on Smith’s first goal in just her third game for the U.S.; and Rodman, the daughter of the previous N.B.A. star Dennis Rodman.
That diversity of options has made the team a glimpse of the longer term of a championship squad that, for the moment, still includes veterans like Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan. Thirteen members of Andonovski’s squad are competing of their first World Cup or Olympic qualifying tournament for the team, and eight entered the tournament with fewer than 10 international appearances.
Smith showed a touch of the promise at his disposal within the opening minutes. On her first goal, she took a protracted pass on the suitable, lifted the ball over a defender’s head on the run to reduce after which flicked it together with her right foot past the Jamaican goalkeeper.
Her second got here a number of minutes later, and after an analogous leading ball down the suitable, and was finished just as deftly: with a first-touch flip over the goalkeeper that was confirmed after a transient video review.
Two more goals in the primary half — by Ashley Hatch within the eleventh minute and Mallory Pugh within the twenty seventh — were erased by video review, which is getting used in the ladies’s championship for the primary time this 12 months.
The result, though, was never doubtful. An unmarked Lavelle scored on the back post within the 59th minute to make it 3-0; Kristie Mewis converted a penalty after Midge Purce was bowled over in the world within the 82nd minute; and Rodman turned in a cross from Pugh 4 minutes later for her second international goal.