Jamaica and Panama on verge of history at Concacaf Women's Championship

Jamaica or Panama -- or both -- will be headed to the Women's World Cup for the first time.

A day after Panama eliminated 2015 World Cup finalist Mexico, Jamaica beat Cuba, 9-0, and moved into the semifinals at the Concacaf Women's Championship when Costa Rica fell to Canada, 3-1, eliminating the Ticas, who made their first World Cup appearance four years ago.

Sunday's semifinal pairings in Frisco, Texas, will be the USA vs. Jamaica and Canada vs. Panama. The winners will advance to France 2019 along with the winner of the third-place game on Wednesday. The loser will remain alive, moving into a two-game playoff against Argentina in November.

Jamaica'a 1-0 win over Costa Rica opened the door for the Reggae Girlz to move into the final, and it finished the job with an easy win over Cuba.

Jody Brown, a 16-year-old forward who attends Montverde Academy in Florida, led Jamaica with a hat trick while Sashana Campbell added two goals. Khadija Shaw, Deneisha Blackwood, Christina Chang and Marlo Sweatman also scored goals.

Shaw (Tennessee) and Blackwood (West Florida) are among six U.S. collegians on the Reggae Girlz. Chang played at Florida Atlantic and is now an air traffic controller at Miami International Airport.

Costa Rica needed to beat Canada to stay alive, but goals by Janine Beckie, Nichelle Prince and Christine Sinclair staked the Canadians to a 3-0 lead by the hour mark. Gloriana Villalobos averted the shutout for Costa Rica.
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