Sophia Smith scored twice in the first minutes and United States women’s national team booked a place in World Cup 2023 with a 5-0 win first Jamaica on Thursday in CONCACAF W Championship in Monterrey, Mexico.
With two wins at the W Championship, the United States leads its group and will enter the World Cup next summer, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The Americans secured a spot after Haiti’s 3-0 win over Mexico late on Thursday. The United States has played in every World Cup, winning the last two and four finals.
Smith scored the first goal in the fifth minute, then scored another in the eighth minute. She has eight international goals in her career. Rose Lavelle scored in the 59th minute and Kristie Mewis scored in the 83rd minute. About three minutes later, Trinity Rodman scored a second international goal.
“Obviously, being a young player on this team it can be a bit intimidating, but I think I’ve found my confidence and I feel like I can be myself on the pitch,” Smith said. . what I’m doing and my team has been very supportive of that. ”
Megan Rapinoe was not present for the game because she was at the White House on Thursday received the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The United States beat Haiti 3-0 in the opening match of the tournament, while Jamaica beat Mexico 1-0. The Americans will face Mexico and Reggae Girlz will face Haiti in their final matches on Monday.
“We didn’t play well,” said Jamaica coach Lorne Donaldson. We were not good. ”
Eight teams are playing in the W Championship, 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 other group.