Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
2. WOMEN'S GOLD CUP: USA and Canada bound for China
November 23rd, 2006 1:22AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Sixteen years after its victory at the inaugural Women's World Cup, the USA will return to China next year to compete in the fifth FIFA world championship for women.

  • Women's Gold Cup Semifinal Summaries

  • Abby Wambach made sure of that, scoring twice to lead the USA to a 2-0 victory over Mexico Wednesday in the semifinals of the Women's Gold Cup in Carson, Calif. Canada also qualified with a 4-0 win over Jamaica at the Home Depot Center.

    The opportunistic Wambach opened the scoring in the 12th minute when she scored on a rebound after Mexico goalie Sophia Perez failed to hold Carli Lloyd's low shot. Wambach upped her season total to a team-high 17 goals in the 66th minute when she scored on a header off a cross from captain Kristine Lilly, the lone holdover from the China '91 team. The win extended the USA's unbeaten streak to a record 31 games and was the 18th in 18 games against Mexico.

    In the other semifinal, Canada put away the Reggae Girlz with three second-half goals. Christine Sinclair, the 2005 Soccer America Women's College Player of the Year, scored the first two goals against Jamaica and set up former University of Tennessee star Rhian Wilkinson for the third goal. University of Florida redshirt Melanie Booth finished the scoring in the 88th minute.

    Mexico and Jamaica will play for third place on Sunday with a berth in a two-game playoff against Japan on the line. The winner of that home-and-away series will earn the final berth to the Women's World Cup. Canada and the USA became the 11th and 12th teams to qualify for the 16-team Women's World Cup. Already through are host China, Australia and North Korea from Asia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, defending champion Germany and England from Europe and Nigeria and Ghana from Africa. Qualifying isn't finished in South America and Oceania.


    No comments yet.

    Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




    AUTHORS

    ARCHIVES
    FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

    Recent Soccer America Daily
    The Good, The Bad and -- the Beyonce    
    [UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Fans and celebrities alike were treated to a fantastic UEFA Champions league game ...
    What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
    "First of all, we haven't won anything, so right now we don't stack up with anybody. ...
    Report: Ownership group primed to buy LA team    
    [MLS SPOTLIGHT] The ownership group that's almost certain to acquire Chivas USA from MLS and move ...
    'Clinical' PSG punishes Barca weaknesses    
    [UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Tuesday] No Zlatan Ibrahimovic? No Thiago Silva? No problem for Paris St. Germain ...
    USL PRO final outdraws college football in Sacramento    
    [SOCCER ON THE AIR] Saturday's USL PRO final won by Sacramento Republic FC averaged a 1.6 ...
    Klinsmann has lots of choices for October friendlies    
    [USA MEN] The pair of international friendlies against Ecuador Oct. 10 and Honduras Oct. 14 should ...
    Where to Watch European Soccer    
    Here are 329 places Soccer America readers recommend where you should go to watch soccer for ...
    Soccer America Men's Top 25    
    [COLLEGE RANKINGS] Defending champion Notre Dame is back on top in the Soccer America Men's Top ...
    Soccer America Women's Top 25    
    [COLLEGE RANKINGS] Despite its 1-1 tie at Arizona State, defending champion UCLA held on to the ...
    Mario Goetze's beautiful backward nutmeg on Brecko    
    [VIDEO PICK: Skills] Mario Goetze, Germany's World Cup final hero, not only has a nose for ...
    >> Soccer America Daily Archives