Friday, September 30, 2022

American women beat Jamaica 5-0 in the W Championship

MONTERY, Mexico ( Associated Press) – Sophia Smith scored twice in the opening minutes as the US women’s national team moved closer to a spot in the 2023 World Cup with a 5-0 win over Jamaica in the CONCACAF W Championship on Thursday.

With two wins in the W Championship, the United States lead their group and are in a position to qualify for next summer’s World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The Americans wrapped it up with a win or draw for Haiti against Mexico later on Thursday.

The United States has played in every World Cup, having won the last two tournaments and four overall.

Smith scored his first goal in the fifth minute, then scored another in the eighth minute. He has eight career international goals.

Rose Lavelle scored in the 59th minute and Christie Mavis scored in the 83rd minute. Some three minutes later, Trinity Rodman, daughter of former NBA player Dennis Rodman, scored her second international goal.

Megan Rapinoe was not available for the match as she was at the White House on Thursday to receive the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour.

The United States defeated Haiti 3–0 in the opening match of the tournament, while Jamaica beat Mexico 1–0. The Americans will face Mexico and the Reggae Girls take on Haiti in their final group matches on Monday.

Eight teams were playing in the W Championship, which were divided into two groups. The top two teams in each group qualify for the World Cup. The two third-placed teams will advance to a 10-team intercontinental playoff in New Zealand in February.

The winner of the W Championship will also qualify for the 2024 Olympics.

Canada, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago are in the second group.

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