[CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP]
The USA cruised into the semifinals of the Concacaf Women's Championship with its biggest win to date in this year's Women's World
Cup qualifying competition: 6-0 over Haiti. Abby Wambach
scored two goals, while Carli Lloyd
, Christen Press
and Morgan Brian
and Meghan Klingenberg
also scored. Klingenberg's goal, her first
international goal, was the best of the bunch. October 20 in Washington, D.C. USA 6 Haiti 0.
Lloyd 9, Wambach 38, 61, Klingenberg 57, Press 65, Brian 82. USA --
Harris; Klingenberg, Rampone, Engen, O'Hara; Holiday, Lloyd, Rapinoe (O'Reilly, 46);
Press, Wambach (Leroux, 62), Heath (Brian, 63). Haiti --
Saintilus; Gervil, Borgella, Marseille, Rateau; Hudson (G.Charles, 84); Zullo, Brand, Robuste
(Dolce, 60), Jean Pierre; Boulos (Bobo, 56) Referee:
Quetzali Alvarado (Mexico) Att.:
Once again, however, it
was a frustrating first half as the USA opened the scoring on Lloyd's goal in the 9th minute but then had to wait until the 37th minute for the second goal from Wambach. Concacaf Women's Championship: Scoreboard
goals in eight minutes blew the game open. The first came when Klingenberg hit a golazo from more than 25 yards into the right side of the frame.
Klingenberg, who spent parts of three
seasons in Sweden before returning to the NWSL this summer, has emerged as one of the key players in Jill Ellis
' lineup. She again started on the backline and
is one of only four players along with the midfield trio of Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd
and Megan Rapinoe
to start all three U.S. matches. USA-Trinidad & Tobago: Report USA-Guatemala: Report
The USA moves into the semifinals against the Group B runner-up
-- likely Mexico or Jamaica -- on Friday in the semifinals at PPL Park, the home of MLS's Philadelphia Union in Chester, Pa.
Four years ago, the USA fell to Mexico in the semifinals when
Concacaf was only allocated 2.5 berths. For the 2015 Women's World Cup, Concacaf received 3.5 berths in addition to host Canada as the tournament was expanded from 16 to 24 teams.
semifinal and third-place winners will advance to the Women's World Cup. The third-place loser will face Ecuador in a playoff.