Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World 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
    What They're Saying: CMN Sports    
    "As an organization, CMN Sports takes pride in providing some of the most exhilarating soccer matches ...
    Road to Russia: Belize survives Caymans' scare    
    Belize, Nicaragua, Bermuda and Dominica wrapped up series victories in the first round of World Cup ...
    Video Pick: A 60-yard goal from young Belgian     
    Marco Weymans, a 17-year-old Belgian who plays for Dutch club PSV, scored from his own half ...
    Europe in a Nutshell: Big week for the British Isles     
    An international break for Euro 2016 qualifying in the pursuit of Paris: Reviewing an interesting week ...
    Freddie Adu signs with Finnish club KuPS    
    Freddy Adu has signed a one-year contract with Finnish club KuPS, the 11th club in 12 ...
    Morris replace Johannsson on U.S. roster    
    The second forward is the snake-bitten position on the U.S. national team's trip to Europe. After ...
    MLS Week 4: Results & Standings    
    Real Salt Lake remained one of four unbeaten teams in MLS when it beat Toronto FC, ...
    USL Week 2: Results & Standings    
    The new Roughnecks celebrated the return of pro soccer to Tulsa a sellout crowd of 8,335 ...
    USA romps in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 5-2     
    The U.S. team preparing for Olympic qualifying defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina's under-21 team, 5-2, in a friendly played ...
    MLS Week 4: FC Dallas puts its perfect record on line    
    FC Dallas, the only remaining unbeaten and untied team in MLS, hosts the 2014 Supporters' Shield ...
    >> Soccer America Daily Archives