U.S. Routs Trinidad and Tobago to Reach Semifinals of World Cup Qualifying

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CARY, N.C. — Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan scored two goals apiece to help the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago, 7-0, on Wednesday night in the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

Tobin Heath added a goal and two assists for the U.S., the world’s No. 1-ranked team, which advanced to the Concacaf Women’s Championship semifinals in Frisco, Tex., on Sunday.

The U.S. cruised through round-robin play in Group A with a 3-0 record, outscoring its opponents by 18-0.

“This was about building momentum,” U.S. Coach Jill Ellis said. “This was a good way to finish our group stage. Now the focus shifts to qualifying.”

The United States scored three goals in a four-minute span late in the first half to pull away from Trinidad and Tobago, which finished 0-3 in the group stage.

It was a result that spoke to the huge gap between the U.S. men’s and women’s national team programs. The American men lost to Trinidad and Tobago, at the time the world’s 99th-ranked team, last October to miss out on qualifying for the World Cup.

The U.S. women are the defending World Cup champions, having beaten Japan in the final in 2015.

“I can’t see anyone beating them in the near future because they are so deep,” Trinidad and Tobago Coach Shawn Cooper said.

The U.S. women outshot an injury-depleted Trinidad and Tobago team by 59-0 and had an 18-0 advantage in corner kicks.

MEXICO IS ELIMINATED AFTER LOSS Karla Riley and Lineth Cedeno scored as Panama upset Mexico, 2-0, in their final group stage game at the Concacaf Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

The loss meant that Mexico could not reach the knockout round and will not be a part of the field at next year’s World Cup in France. Panama, ranked No. 66th in the world, secured a spot in the semifinals.



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