US headed to Womens World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica

US headed to Women\s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica
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But this time around, there was no such suspense for the No1-ranked team in the world. On Sunday, the Americans steamrolled their way past Jamaica, 6-0, and clinched their spot at the 2019 Womens World Cup, giving them the chance to defend their title.

Read more Now, how were clicking at this moment, is a special time for us, said Tobin Heath after the game. Qualifying is a great feeling and qualifying in this way is even better.

It took the Americans just 103 seconds to score. Lindsey Horan fired a shot that Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider palmed away, but Heath collected the rebound for the tap-in.

After Megan Rapinoe and Julie Ertz added to the lead, Heath scored her second goal of the night. Lindsey Horan sent a parabola-shaped pass in for her Portland Thorns teammate in the 29th minute, and Heath finished for her fifth goal in the last four matches with the national team.

U.S. qualifies for 2019 Womens World Cup in France after destroying Jamaica in semis of CONCACAF Championship

It took another 13 minutes for Megan Rapinoe to double the USAs lead with an emphatic shot. Abby Dahlkemper launched a ball the length of the field and Rapinoe fired into the roof of the net from the corner of the six-yard box. From there, goals from Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan followed.

The U.S. quickly snuffed out any hope the Reggae Girlz had of springing an upset, opening the scoring in the 2nd minute thanks to a goal from Tobin Heathpounce on a rebound of a shot from the top of the box and knocked the early opener past Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider.

Ellis again fielded what has emerged as her starting line-up, the same 4-3-3 she used in the tournaments opening match against Mexico. While the tournament itself has lacked the drama of the 2010 edition, it has marked an end to the experimentation that Ellis has undertaken since the Americans crashed out of the 2016 Rio Olympics in the quarter-finals.

The first-half onslaught wasnt over. asAlex Morgan smashed a shot through traffic after getting on the end of a free kick from Rapinoe. Her shot wriggled through a few legs and over the line to put the Americans up five goals after 33 minutes.

What a goal! Megan Rapinoe doubles the USWNTs lead after a wonderful cross-field pass from Abby Dahlkemper. pic.twitter.com/MhK83vGWeY

The top-ranked team in the world, the U.S. now will face Canada on Wednesday for regional supremacy in the final. Jamaica heads to the third-place game against Panama, with the winner of that match also advancing to next summers tournament.

Asked whether this starting XI from the romp past Jamaica would be Elliss first-choice group in France next summer, the coach joked that it was a big-ass crystal to make such a prediction, but the group showed their strength.

The U.S. eventually broke through in the second half, with Morgan converting from the spot in the 84th minute after earning a penalty. The goal runs Morgans total to 23 goals in her last 23 matches for the U.S.

The players in this group are players that have gone through the gauntlet in terms of being challenged and showing their quality, Ellis said. They have a lot of depth and a lot of talent. Right now, its about the game thats in front of you. You cant make predictions like that.

The United States qualified for next years World Cup in France, thumping Jamaica 6-0 in the semifinal of the Concacaf Womens Championship.

Morgan further solidified herself as a starter and continued a tear that has her at 23 goals in her last 23 games for the US. The Americans used her acceleration and pace throughout the tournament to stretch defenses and slip in behind back lines. On Sunday, she scored off a Rapinoe free-kick, coolly slotting the ball through the Jamaican defense. She later added a penalty kick.

The U.S. has qualified for every World Cup since the womens tournament debut in 1991 and never has finished worse than third.

Heath also scored a brace, the fifth player to do so at this tournament. Morgan, Rapinoe and Lavelle all scored twice in earlier games while Carli Lloyd scored a hat-trick against Panama.

This whole tournament weve been able to score a lot of different ways and get a lot of players in on goal, Morgan said. The diversity and the way were scoring – I dont think weve ever had this many different players on the score sheet in a tournament.

Defensively, the Americans werent tested by the Reggae Girlz, but Crystal Dunn also showed why shes become a staple under Ellis. She started the match at left-back, and once Rose Lavelle came off for defender Emily Sonnett, Dunn moved up to the right-wing where she was a constant threat.

This Concacaf tournament has very much been one of the haves and have-nots. Jamaicas womens team was only reestablished in 2014 after Cedella Marley, Bob Marleys daughter, provided funding. The Jamaica Football Federation had cut funding to its womens program in 2010.

Theyre another level, said Jamaica coach Hue Menzies. Theyre not a level for us. Its something to learn from. Their development and the level they play at, thats where the rest of the world has to catch up. We got to get our players in those types of environments.

With Sundays win, the Americans continued a dominant run through Concacaf. They still only have one loss in a qualifying tournament, the shock 2-1 defeat to Mexico in 2010.

Old rivals Canada wait in the final for the Americans after they recorded a dominant 7-0 win over Panama, but the game is academic with both teams having booked their place in France next summer. Now, past qualifying mistakes will no longer haunt the Americans. They will be at the World Cup and any upsets will have to wait for another tournament.

Were looking forward to playing them, Heath said of Canada. Its always a great rivalry and it will be a good test for us to see where we are against a better opponent.

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