Sophia Smith scored twice in the opening minutes and the US women’s national team moved closer to a place at the 2023 World Cup with a 5-0 win over Jamaica on Thursday in the CONCACAF W Championship.
With two wins at the W Championship, the United States tops their group and is poised to qualify for next summer’s World Championships, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The Americans could end it later on Thursday with a win or draw for Haiti against Mexico. The United States has competed in every World Cup, winning the last two tournaments and four overall.
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Smith scored her first goal in the fifth minute and then added another goal in the eighth minute. She has eight international career goals. Rose Lavelle scored in the 59th minute and Kristie Mewis added a goal in the 83rd minute. About three minutes later, Trinity Rodman scored her second international goal.
“Obviously being a young player on this team can be a little bit intimidating, but I think I’ve found my confidence and I just feel like I can be myself on the field,” Smith said. “It’s just what I did and my team gave me great support.”
Megan Rapinoe was unavailable for the game because she was at the White House on Thursday to accept the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The United States defeated Haiti 3-0 in the tournament’s opening game, while Jamaica beat Mexico 1-0. The Americans meet Mexico and the Reggae Girlz meet Haiti in their final group games on Monday.
“We didn’t play well,” said Jamaica coach Lorne Donaldson. “You’re not going to play against the world champions and play so badly and expect something to come of it.” We weren’t good.”
Eight teams played in the W Championship, divided into two groups. The top two teams in each group qualify for the World Cup. The two third-place teams will advance to a 10-team intercontinental playoff in New Zealand in February.
The winner of the W Championship also qualifies for the 2024 Olympics.
Canada, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago belong to the other group.
https://www.espn.com/soccer/report?gameId=634611 Jamaica vs. United States – Football Match Report – July 7, 2022