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Canada, U.S. qualify for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Canada and the United States will play in the final of the Concacaf Women's Championship on Wednesday
Canada and the United States dominated on Sunday to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
Canada and the United States dominated on Sunday to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Canada and the United States qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with wins in the Concacaf Women’s Championship semifinals on Sunday in Frisco, Texas. They’ll now meet on Wednesday night in the CWC final (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Canada topped Panama 7-0 and the United States beat Jamaica 6-0.

“You can’t take it for granted. Qualifying in Concacaf is getting more and more difficult and you’re seeing different teams reaching semifinals,” Canada’s Christine Sinclair told Fox Sports’ Alex Curry after the game. “It never gets old.”

It feels great. We never took any game for granted. We knew going in that Jamaica was going to be a handful and they were,” Sauerbrunn told Curry after the U.S. win. “We’re happy with a clean sheet and we’re just thrilled to be going to France.”

Panama and Jamaica, who have never appeared in the World Cup, will meet in the third place game on Wednesday (5 p.m. ET on FS2), with the winner also qualifying for next summer’s tournament. The loser will have to take on Argentina in a home-and-away playoff for a spot in France.

Seventeen of 24 countries have booked their tickets to France so far: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China PR, England, France (host nation), Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United States.

The United States — who won it all in 2015 — has now qualified for all eight Women’s World Cups, joining Brazil, Germany, Japan, Norway and Sweden as the only teams to qualify for every tournament. Canada has qualified for seven in their history.


Canada 7 | Panama 0

Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair scored her 176th and 177th international goals to lead Canada to a 7-0 win over Panama on Sunday.

After a frustrating first half as Canada struggled to make the most of their chances, it was Sinclair who came through for Canada, heading home a cross from Manchester City’s Janine Beckie to give Canada the 1-0 lead in the 44th minute.

The goal, and Sinclair’s fiery celebration, seemed to open things up for Canada and they came out flying in the second half.

“They made it difficult in the first half,” Sinclair told Curry. “To get one right before half put us in a great mood in the locker room and we knew we could just keep going.”

After a goal from UCLA’s Jessie Fleming in the 47th minute, Sinclair scored her second of the game in the 49th minute to make it 3-0. The header goal, on an assist from Houston Dash forward Nichelle Prince, who had just subbed into the match, is Sinclair’s 177th international goal. She now is just seven behind former U.S. women’s national team forward Abby Wambach’s all-time record of 184.

Utah Royals FC midfielder Diana Matheson celebrated her 200th cap in style — qualifying for the World Cup, and assisting on Fleming’s goal.

“It’s funny how things work out. Just a random game to have a 200th cap,” Matheson said when speaking with Curry after the game. “It was really all about the result today. And now I think I’ll go enjoy it for the evening, and then obviously we have a final to play so we’re going to focus back on that.”

Beckie scored to make it 4-0 in the 58th minute and then Washington Spirit midfielder Rebecca Quinn made it 5-0 in the 63rd.

Shortly after entering the match in the 68th minute, Seattle Reign FC forward Adriana Leon scored back-to-back goals, her fifth and sixth goals of the tournament, to seal the 7-0 win. Prince, who made an immediate impact after subbing in at halftime, assisted on both goals.

Leon’s first came in the 76th minute as Prince passed up a shot on goal to dish it to Leon. The second came in the 78th, as Prince passed to Leon, who jumped up and volleyed it with her right shin into the back of the net.

Farissa Córdoba started in goal for Panama as Yenith Bailey, who starred for Panama in the group stage, was rested due to a shoulder injury.


United States 6 | Jamaica 0

The United States wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on Wednesday night vs. Jamaica, scoring in the second minute and going on to win 6-0.

Tobin Heath scored just 101 seconds into the match, cleaning up the rebound after a hard shot from her Thorns teammate Lindsey Horan.

The U.S. doubled their lead in the 15th minute, after a stunning goal from Reign forward Megan Rapinoe, assisted by Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper. Dahlkemper floated a 40-yard long ball across the field over Jamaica’s entire team to Rapinoe on the left wing. Rapinoe dribbled into the box and roofed it past Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider near post with her left foot to make it 2-0.

Red Stars defender Julie Ertz made it 3-0 in the 21st minute, heading home a cross from Crystal Dunn.

Heath finished a perfect pass from Horan to make it 4-0 in the 29th minute.

Rapinoe and Pride forward Alex Morgan connected in 33rd minute to give the U.S. a 5-0 lead.

Morgan converted a penalty kick in the 84th minute after being fouled in the box to make it 6-0. Morgan now has 96 international goals, 16 in 2018, and 23 in her last 23 games. Morgan is tied with Leon for the tournament lead in goals with six.

“Having this feeling and thought in the back of our minds for the last two years — it’s just great to actually qualify and now talk about the road to France and the road to the World Cup,” Morgan said on Fox Sports after the game. “It’s a great feeling tonight to qualify.”

 

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