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United States, Mexico pick up wins on second day of Group A play
The United States punch their ticket to the semifinal
Carli Lloyd scores a hat trick, Christen Press scored and had two assists. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
Carli Lloyd scores a hat trick, Christen Press scored and had two assists. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The United States national team played their second match at the Concacaf Women’s Championship on Sunday, and walked away with a 5-0 statement win over Panama at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, home of the North Carolina Courage. Sky Blue FC forward Carli Lloyd celebrated her 261st cap by scoring a hat trick.

Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago featured in the nightcap, and Mexico earned the 4-1 result. With the victory, the U.S. are through to the semifinals. Sky Blue FC’s Katie Johnson scored for Mexico.

The U.S. had nine changes to their lineup from their 6-0 win over Mexico last Thursday. All of the available subs against Mexico started on Sunday night – with only Chicago Red Stars Julie Ertz and North Carolina Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper repeating as starters.

It didn’t take long for the U.S. to open scoring. In the fifth minute, Utah Royals FC forward Christen Press took a corner kick and found the head of North Carolina Courage midfielder Sam Mewis. Mewis broke free and directed a flick header into the right corner of the net for the 1-0 lead. This was Mewis’ fifth game this year for the U.S. and she earned her second start. Press picked up her 105th cap on Sunday.

In the 23rd minute, Press earned her second assist off of another corner kick. Press played the ball to the back post where Lloyd was crashing free. Lloyd headed it home to make it 2-0 and score her 103rd career goal.

Just minutes later, Lloyd put on a clinic beating three of Panama’s defenders and finishing far post for her 104th career goal. The goal started with a driven ball from Chicago Red Stars Casey Short (in her first World Cup Qualifying appearance) out of the back. Short found the foot of Lloyd with her back towards the goal. Lloyd managed to turn, face up, and beat the trio of defenders with impressive individual work.

Before the half, Press added a goal to her two-assist performance. Press was able to break free with a penetrating ball played in from Dahlkemper. Press beat both of Panana’s center backs with her pace and then faked out the goalkeeper Yenith Bailey to the left and finished with her right foot to make it 4-0.

Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle came into the game at the start of the second half for Ertz and immediately contributed. Lavelle took a free kick for the U.S. on the right side of the pitch just outside the box. Lavelle played in a well-weighted chip ball into the stride of Lloyd who finished it with her head to seal the game at 5-0.

The only other substitution for the U.S. was in the 77th minute when Portland Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan entered the game for Dahlkemper.

The U.S. improve their record this year to 13-0-2.

The United States starting lineup: Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Hailie Mace, Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Mallory Pugh Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC)


Mexico 4  | Trinidad & Tobago 1

Mexico’s 4-1 victory helped punch the U.S. through to the semifinals. Christina Murillo (Chicago Red Stars) and Katie Johnson (Sky Blue FC) both earned starts against Trinidad & Tobago. Johnson scored in the second half to pull back the lead and proved the eventual game-winner.


The tournament continues Monday from Edinburg, Texas with Jamaica vs. Costa Rica and Cuba vs. Canada. [Full Schedule]

The top three teams will automatically qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The fourth-place finisher will head to a home-and-away playoff with Argentina for a spot in next summer’s tournament.

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