US Women's Soccer Team Could Clinch Olympic Bid With Win Over Mexico

US Women's Soccer Team Could Clinch Olympic Bid With Win Over Mexico

US Women's Soccer Team Could Clinch Olympic Bid With Win Over Mexico

Samantha Mewis sent a cross into the box where Williams knocked the ball down to Horan for the goal.

Carson, Calif. - At the final whistle on Friday night, the women of the United States national team exchanged handshakes and hugs, and commemorated Crystal Dunn's 100th cap in a post-game huddle, but if there was an emotional release upon qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, it was relatively muted after the team's 4-0 win over Mexico in front of 11,292 fans at Dignity Health Sports Park.

"Ever since we came back from the World Cup we've been setting new goals", Heiner-Moller said. "There were ups and downs in the game". "I thought we played a pretty even first half, obviously they dominated possession". Christen Press started and her streak of scoring in six straight games ended.

Canada has not beaten the US since the 2001 Algarve Cup when Charmaine Hooper scored twice and Christine Sinclair once in a 3-0 win. "We're super-excited, we're proud of ourselves for that and then to top it off with this game is excellent for us".

Coming off a World Cup championship in France last summer, the United States just wants to guard against any letdown. It was the team's fourth title in soccer's premier tournament.

The U.S. traditionally has been an Olympic powerhouse, winning four gold medals (in 1996, 2004, 2008, 2012) and a silver in 2000. But the Americans were eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinals four years ago in Brazil for the team's earliest exit in the tournament. "When she came on, the game was a little more stretched".

Canada and the United States were favoured to earn the two Olympic qualifying spots in the region and face each other in the final.

That goal, the game's only goal, is the one that's sending Canada to the Olympics.

Andonovski, former coach of Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League, is well aware of Press, who now plays for the Utah Royals. The team won its first two group-stage matches before falling 2-0 to Canada. "So when people say 'Oh, you're at the top of your game, ' I don't really like that expression, because it implies that from here you go down", Press said.

"I think it will be a great match", said United States head coach Vlatko Andonovski. Substitute Press made it four for US with a deft chipped goal.

None of the other USA forwards have looked as sharp as Press over the past two weeks and, on Friday, all of the team's front-line starters struggled to make an impact.

Freed up by a fine pass from Sinclair, Huitema beat several defenders in the 58th minute but her shot deflected wide.

Huitema just failed to get to a Beckie cross in the 67th minute. It was Mewis' 18th global goal.

Press came close again late in the half when, after a poor clearance, she saw Labbe off her line. She was honored by CONCACAF before the match.

Historically, the US has held a massive advantage over Mexico in official women's competitions. In addition to the World Cup win, the women also made headlines when they filed a gender-discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation because they were not being paid as much as the men's team. It was a stunning result that forced the United States to book their WWC spot via a nerve-jangling intercontinental playoff win over Italy.

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