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Rapinoe, Morgan Bag Braces as USA Rolls Past Mexico 6-0 in 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship Opener

CARY, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team opened its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a resounding 6-0 win vs. Mexico in Group A play of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship on a muggy Thursday night at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

The USA scored in just the third minute as Megan Rapinoe, who was wearing the captain’s armband for the first time in her career, finished off a Lindsey Horan feed.

The USA out-shot Mexico 11-0 in the first half, applied constant pressure through crisp possession and numerous services into the penalty area, but Mexico defended well to keep the score down in the opening frame.

The floodgates opened early in the second half as the USA scored five times after the break, scoring just over a minute into the second half through Julie Ertz, followed by two goals from Alex Morgan, Rapinoe’s second and the goal of the game from Tobin Heath.

NEXT: The USA will continue play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship vs. Panama in Cary, N.C. on Oct. 7 (5 p.m. ET; FS1, UDN). The WNT will then finish group play against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS2, UDN).

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2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Group A Standings

TEAM

GP

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

PTS

USA

1

1

0

0

6

0

6

3

Panama

1

1

0

0

3

0

3

3

Trinidad & Tobago

1

0

1

0

0

-3

0

0

Mexico

1

0

1

0

0

-6

0

0

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Lindsey Horan), 3rd minute: The USA’s pressure caused Mexico’s Cristina Ferral to hit a poor clearance inside the box and it hit an onrushing Lindsey Horan, causing the ball to roll forward towards the Mexico goal. Horan then caught up to the ball and cut a short pass into the middle past closing Mexico goalkeeper Bianca Henniger right into the path of Rapinoe who spun her first-time shot from close range into the lower right corner. USA 1, MEX 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Julie Ertz (Lindsey Horan), 47th minute: Megan Rapinoe shaded a free kick a bit to the left side of the field into the middle of the penalty box where a defender tried to clear it with a header. The ball went backwards towards the goal and hit the crossbar before bouncing back inside the six-yard box where it hit another Mexico player before landing at the feet of Horan. She touched the ball a short distance to Ertz who pounded her one-touch finish into the net. USA 2, MEX 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe), 57th minute: Alex Morgan timed Rapinoe’s corner kick from the left side perfectly, getting free inside the box and powering home a wide-open header for her 91st career goal. USA 3, MEX 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Tobin Heath (Crystal Dunn), 61st minute: Sprung by a Megan Rapinoe back heel, Crystal Dunn went on a terrific run down the left sideline and beat two defenders before crossing a beautiful ball to the middle of the box. Tobin Heath timed her run perfectly into the penalty area where she placed a perfect, powerful header into the upper left corner for the fourth tally of the match. USA 4, MEX 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Megan Rapinoe, 70th minute: A corner from the right was headed by Horan into the six-yard box where it went through the legs of both Mexico’s Bianca Heninger and Carli Lloyd, but Rapinoe found herself at the right spot at the right time and tapped it in for her sixth career brace. USA 5, MEX 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Alex Morgan (Becky Sauerbrunn), 80th minute: Becky Sauerbrunn was deep in the offensive zone where she passed a ball to Crystal who then passed it to Alex Morgan. Morgan returned it to Sauerbrunn who continued dribbling and right before hitting the end line served another pass back to Morgan who finished with her right foot to cement the victorious score line. USA 6, MEX 0. WATCH GOAL. FINAL.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 28-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying, including a 14-0-0 mark at home.
  • The USA has scored 164 goals in WWC qualifying while allowing five and has played nine different countries in World Cup qualifying; Mexico is the most common opponent with seven games between the teams. The U.S. Women lead the all-time series against Mexico with a 36-1-1 record.
  • Tonight’s match was the first World Cup Qualifying appearance for: Alyssa Naeher, Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle.
  • The USA’s three subs against Mexico were: Carli Lloyd for Rose Lavelle in the 66th minute, Emily Sonnett for Kelley O’Hara in the 67th and Mallory Pugh for Tobin Heath in the 77th.
  • Megan Rapinoe scored her sixth career brace tonight and now has 40 international goals. She has scored five World Cup qualifying goals in her international career. Three of her six goals in 2018 have come against Mexico. Rapinoe leads the USA with 10 assists in 2018 after earning one tonight on Morgan’s goal. She has 54 for her career.
  • Alex Morgan scored her 20th career brace tonight, upping her international goal total to 92. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list. She’s scored 19 goals over her last 21 WNT matches and leads the WNT with 12 goals this year. In 2018, Morgan scored a brace in each game the WNT played vs. Mexico: first on April 5 in Jacksonville (friendly), on April 8 in Houston (friendly) and again tonight in Cary (WCQ). She has scored four World Cup qualifying goals in her international career.
  • Julie Ertz scored her 17th international goal tonight in what was her first WCQ appearance. She was on the roster for the 2014 World Cup qualifying tournament but did not play.
  • Tobin Heath scored her 22nd international goal tonight on a phenomenal header assisted by Crystal Dunn. It was her fourth goal in her fifth start this year. She has scored three World Cup qualifying goals in her international career.
  • Crystal Dunn earner her first assist of the year. Dunn was named to the roster for the World Cup qualifying tournament in 2014, but then missed the competition due to injury.
  • Lindsey Horan, recently named the 2018 NWSL MVP, earned two assists tonight to up her 2018 total to five in her 12th start of the year.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn earner her first assist of 2018. It was the defender’s seventh career assist.
  • Alyssa Naeher earned her 17th career shutout in her 34th cap.
  • The USA is now 12-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil and Chile (twice); and ties against Australia and France. The USA is unbeaten in its last 22 matches (19-0-3), and has outscored opponents 71-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 22 games.

– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: October 4, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship - Group A
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 5,404
Weather: 74 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:            1             2             F
USA                                     1             5             6
MEX                                     0             0             0

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Lindsey Horan)         3rd minute
USA – Julie Ertz (Lindsey Horan)                    47
USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe)             57
USA – Tobin Heath (Crystal Dunn)                  61
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                     70
USA – Alex Morgan (Becky Sauerbrunn)        80              

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara (2-Emily Sonnett, 67), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle (10-Carli Lloyd, 66), 9-Lindsey Horan; 17-Tobin Heath (11-Mallory Pugh, 77), 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.)
Substitutes not used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian, 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Christen Press
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

MEX: 12-Bianca Henninger; 2-Kenti Robles, 13-Rebeca Bernal, 14-Arianna Romero (3-Christina Murillo, 78), 16-Cristina Ferral; 4-Bianca Sierra, 7-Nayeli Rangel, 6-Nancy Antonio (19-Katlyn Johnson Carreón, 61), 10-Stephany Mayor (capt.), 17-María Sánchez (18-Kiana Palacios, 47), 9-Charlyn Corral
Substitutes not used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Mónica Flores, 8-Karla Nieto, 20-Lizbeth Ovalle, 15-Ariana Calderón, 11-Mónica Ocampo
Head Coach: Roberto Medina

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 23 / 3
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 14
Offside: 6 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantal Renee Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mijensa Rosancha Rensch (SUR)
4th Official: Marie-soleil Beaudoin (CAN)

U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Megan Rapinoe

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– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: October 4, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship - Group A
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 5,404
Weather: 74 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:            1             2             F
USA                                     1             5             6
MEX                                     0             0             0

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Lindsey Horan)         3rd minute
USA – Julie Ertz (Lindsey Horan)                    47
USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe)             57
USA – Tobin Heath (Crystal Dunn)                  61
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                     70
USA – Alex Morgan (Becky Sauerbrunn)        80              

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara (2-Emily Sonnett, 67), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle (10-Carli Lloyd, 66), 9-Lindsey Horan; 17-Tobin Heath (11-Mallory Pugh, 77), 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.)
Substitutes not used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian, 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Christen Press
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

MEX: 12-Bianca Henninger; 2-Kenti Robles, 13-Rebeca Bernal, 14-Arianna Romero (3-Christina Murillo, 78), 16-Cristina Ferral; 4-Bianca Sierra, 7-Nayeli Rangel, 6-Nancy Antonio (19-Katlyn Johnson Carreón, 61), 10-Stephany Mayor (capt.), 17-María Sánchez (18-Kiana Palacios, 47), 9-Charlyn Corral
Substitutes not used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Mónica Flores, 8-Karla Nieto, 20-Lizbeth Ovalle, 15-Ariana Calderón, 11-Mónica Ocampo
Head Coach: Roberto Medina

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 23 / 3
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 14
Offside: 6 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantal Renee Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mijensa Rosancha Rensch (SUR)
4th Official: Marie-soleil Beaudoin (CAN)

U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Megan Rapinoe

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How the U.S. WNT Qualified for France 2019

Ahead of the Draw for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup which is set for Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 (coverage starts at 11:30 p.m. ET on FS2 and the FOX Sports App and at 11:55 a.m. ET on Telemundo and Universo,), we take a look back at how the U.S. WNT qualified for next summer’s premier showcase for women’s soccer.

The U.S. Women’s National Team put on a dominant performance at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship , which served as the qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

The 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship was staged in three U.S. cities – Cary, N.C., Edinburg, Texas, and Frisco, Texas – with the top three finishers earning automatic berths to France.

The USA played all three of its Group A games at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., facing Mexico on Oct. 4, Panama on Oct. 7 and Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 10. The WNT swept all three matches, winning by a combined score of 18-0.

Kelley O'Hara, Tobin Heath, Rose Lavelle
Kelley O'Hara, Tobin Heath and Rose Lavelle celebrate after Heath's goal during the USA's 6-0 win vs. Mexico.

Ten different players scored for the USA during group play, with Alex Morgan leading the way with four goals after tallying a brace in each of the two games in which she played (vs. Mexico and T&T). Carli Lloyd had three goals after scoring a hat trick vs. Panama, while Tobin Heath, Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe each scored twice in the group stage.

After topping Group A, the USA advanced to the most important match of the tournament, a semifinal in Frisco against Jamaica on Oct. 14 with the winner earning a berth to the Women’s World Cup. The USA put on yet another world-class performance, scoring six goals and earning its fourth consecutive shutout. Heath and Morgan scored twice each (Morgan’s third brace of the tournament), while Rapinoe and Julie Ertz added goals. With the win, U.S. Women became the 17th country to qualify for France and the USA booked tickets to the eighth Women’s World Cup tournament in its history.

While the place in France was secured, the work was not done, and familiar opponent Canada awaited in the championship match. As is usually the case when these two Concacaf foes meet, the match was a physical one and emotions ran high with both teams looking to become regional champions. Just like it had done in its previous four games, the U.S. got a goal within the first 10 minutes, when Rose Lavelle scored from the top of the box in the second minute to put the USA ahead. The rest of the half went scoreless but Canada’s Rebecca Quinn and Allysha Chapman earned yellow cards in the 26th and 31st minutes, and Tobin Heath pick up a caution in the 33rd. The teams also combined for 16 fouls in the first half.


Both Allysha Chapman (Canada) and Tobin Heath (USA) received yellow cards in the championship match on Oct. 17.

In the second half, the USA did not allow Canada a shot on goal, and out-shot its northern neighbor 5-1, for a final 12-4 shot advantage. The U.S. continued to push throughout the half and in the 89th minute got its second goal when Morgan finished a cross from Lindsey Horan to record her tournament-leading seventh goal. The win marked the sixth World Cup qualifying title for the USA, which outscored opponents 26-0 over the five games.

All 20 players on the WCQ roster made an appearance during the tournament, but only four (Abby Dahlkemper, Ertz, Horan and Lavelle) played in every match. Morgan won the Golden Boot as top scorer, Ertz won the Golden Ball as the Most Valuable Player and the USA earned the Fair Play Award. Additionally, Kelley O’Hara, Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Ertz, Horan, Heath, Rapinoe and Morgan earned Concacaf Best XI honors for their play throughout the competition.

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Alex Morgan is Scoring Goals and That’s Good for Everyone (Except Those Playing Against Her)

Alex Morgan is in the business of scoring goals. And business is booming. In her last 26 games playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Morgan has scored 25 times. They’ve come in a multitude of ways – from the penalty spot, headers, blistering drives and breakaways. She’s scored game-winners and braces, against Japan on July 26 at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, she Read more
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2019 Road to France: By the Numbers

The U.S. Women’s National Team swept all five games at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship to qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Cup and collect the 12th regional title in the team’s history. Here is a look at the USA’s World Cup Qualifying campaign: By the Numbers 0   Goals conceded throughout the tournament (5 games) 1   Number of U.S. hat tricks du Read more
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BTC: “You’ve Got to Earn It” – USA Qualifies for 2019 WWC and Wins 2018 Concacaf Title

The U.S. Women’s National Team not only got the job done in Frisco, Texas, but did it in style, rolling through group play and qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by winning its semifinal match against Jamaica. The USA then won the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship by downing Canada in a tough title match. In this episode of Behind the Crest, Presented by Volpi Foods, U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis credits her players, her staff and the group of scouts in coming together to accomplish collective success. Read more
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GALLERY: WNT Hangs Six on Mexico in Shutout Victory to Begin World Cup Qualifying

The U.S. Women's National Team won their opening match of the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship against Mexico 6-0 on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Cary, N.C. The tournament serves as the qualifying competition for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, and the U.S. will continue its quest to qualify vs. Panama on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m. ET (FS1, UDN). Read more
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On Location: North Carolina Offers Familiarity for the WNT

Throughout its history, the U.S. WNT has played in 32 states and Washington, D.C, and in more than 100 venues across the country, but there is something about the state of North Carolina -- particularly the Triangle area consisting of Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham – which provides an added level of familiarity that not many other places can offer.

North Carolina has long been associated with elite women’s soccer, in the past due to the historic program at the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill, and more recently due to the NWSL champion North Carolina Courage. UNC has featured many players who have gone on to become stars for the U.S. Women’s National Team while the Courage have become the team to beat and set a lofty standard during the last two years in the NWSL.

On the USA’s World Cup qualifying roster, there are three UNC alums in Crystal Dunn, Ashlyn Harris and Tobin Heath, and three who play for the Courage in defenders Abby Dahlkemper and Dunn, and midfielder Samantha Mewis. Additionally, defender Merritt Mathias is also in camp for training, adding one more Courage member to the group. Four more played in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Morgan Brian, Emily Sonnett, Becky Sauerbrunn and Casey Short.


Merritt Mathias (left) and Crystal Dunn, both NC Courage players, call North Carolina their home. Dunn also went to college at UNC.

Anson’s Impact
Of course, UNC head coach Anson Dorrance has played a major role in the history of the women’s game in the USA.

Already into his fourth year as the head coach of the men’s soccer team, in 1979, Dorrance took on double duty as the head coach the newly instituted women’s soccer team. He led the Tar Heels to the 1981 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women title before the NCAA held a women’s soccer championship and would move solely to coaching the women’s program in 1988.

His teams have won 21 NCAA titles out of 36 that have been contested and is the winningest coach in college soccer history. He recently earned his 1,000th win between the men’s and women’s programs.

Dorrance also coached the U.S. WNT in its early years, famously leading the USA to its first Women’s World Cup title in 1991 in FIFA’s inaugural world championship for women’s soccer.

During his time with the National Team and in Chapel Hill, Dorrance has coached some of greatest players in women’s soccer history. Many credit Dorrance for having a major impact on their development as people off the field and as players on the field.

Courage Country
The North Carolina Courage’s rise to the top of the National Women’s Soccer League has brought women’s professional soccer back to North Carolina in a big way

Making its NWSL debut in 2017, North Carolina won the NWSL Shield and advanced to the Championship Game in its first year, but fell to the Portland Thorns 1-0 in the title match. This past season, the Courage went on a historic run. With 17 wins in a 24-game regular season, the team finished with a record-breaking 57 points – a whopping 15 points ahead of second-place Portland – and easily won the NWSL Shield for the second year in a row. The Courage went on to defeat the Chicago Red Stars 2-0 in the semifinal and Portland 3-0 in the Final, to become the first team in the six-year history of the league to win both the Shield and the NWSL Championship in the same season.


Sam Mewis recently won the NWSL Shield and the NWSL Championship with the North Carolina Courage.

Soccer Love in North Carolina
The women’s soccer history in North Carolina means that almost all the U.S. players have played many times at WakeMed Soccer Park – in college, in the NWSL and for the U.S. Women’s National Team. As the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship continues, the group play for the USA’s biggest regional tournament is being played in a stadium that is very familiar for many, and for the USA fans and the players, there is nothing quite like playing important games in a place that feels like home.

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Rapinoe, Morgan Bag Braces as USA Rolls Past Mexico 6-0 in 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship Opener

CARY, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team opened its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a resounding 6-0 win vs. Mexico in Group A play of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship on a muggy Thursday night at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

The USA scored in just the third minute as Megan Rapinoe, who was wearing the captain’s armband for the first time in her career, finished off a Lindsey Horan feed.

The USA out-shot Mexico 11-0 in the first half, applied constant pressure through crisp possession and numerous services into the penalty area, but Mexico defended well to keep the score down in the opening frame.

The floodgates opened early in the second half as the USA scored five times after the break, scoring just over a minute into the second half through Julie Ertz, followed by two goals from Alex Morgan, Rapinoe’s second and the goal of the game from Tobin Heath.

NEXT: The USA will continue play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship vs. Panama in Cary, N.C. on Oct. 7 (5 p.m. ET; FS1, UDN). The WNT will then finish group play against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS2, UDN).

Social: Follow the #USWNT on Facebook; Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).

2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Group A Standings

TEAM

GP

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

PTS

USA

1

1

0

0

6

0

6

3

Panama

1

1

0

0

3

0

3

3

Trinidad & Tobago

1

0

1

0

0

-3

0

0

Mexico

1

0

1

0

0

-6

0

0

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Lindsey Horan), 3rd minute: The USA’s pressure caused Mexico’s Cristina Ferral to hit a poor clearance inside the box and it hit an onrushing Lindsey Horan, causing the ball to roll forward towards the Mexico goal. Horan then caught up to the ball and cut a short pass into the middle past closing Mexico goalkeeper Bianca Henniger right into the path of Rapinoe who spun her first-time shot from close range into the lower right corner. USA 1, MEX 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Julie Ertz (Lindsey Horan), 47th minute: Megan Rapinoe shaded a free kick a bit to the left side of the field into the middle of the penalty box where a defender tried to clear it with a header. The ball went backwards towards the goal and hit the crossbar before bouncing back inside the six-yard box where it hit another Mexico player before landing at the feet of Horan. She touched the ball a short distance to Ertz who pounded her one-touch finish into the net. USA 2, MEX 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe), 57th minute: Alex Morgan timed Rapinoe’s corner kick from the left side perfectly, getting free inside the box and powering home a wide-open header for her 91st career goal. USA 3, MEX 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Tobin Heath (Crystal Dunn), 61st minute: Sprung by a Megan Rapinoe back heel, Crystal Dunn went on a terrific run down the left sideline and beat two defenders before crossing a beautiful ball to the middle of the box. Tobin Heath timed her run perfectly into the penalty area where she placed a perfect, powerful header into the upper left corner for the fourth tally of the match. USA 4, MEX 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Megan Rapinoe, 70th minute: A corner from the right was headed by Horan into the six-yard box where it went through the legs of both Mexico’s Bianca Heninger and Carli Lloyd, but Rapinoe found herself at the right spot at the right time and tapped it in for her sixth career brace. USA 5, MEX 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Alex Morgan (Becky Sauerbrunn), 80th minute: Becky Sauerbrunn was deep in the offensive zone where she passed a ball to Crystal who then passed it to Alex Morgan. Morgan returned it to Sauerbrunn who continued dribbling and right before hitting the end line served another pass back to Morgan who finished with her right foot to cement the victorious score line. USA 6, MEX 0. WATCH GOAL. FINAL.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 28-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying, including a 14-0-0 mark at home.
  • The USA has scored 164 goals in WWC qualifying while allowing five and has played nine different countries in World Cup qualifying; Mexico is the most common opponent with seven games between the teams. The U.S. Women lead the all-time series against Mexico with a 36-1-1 record.
  • Tonight’s match was the first World Cup Qualifying appearance for: Alyssa Naeher, Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle.
  • The USA’s three subs against Mexico were: Carli Lloyd for Rose Lavelle in the 66th minute, Emily Sonnett for Kelley O’Hara in the 67th and Mallory Pugh for Tobin Heath in the 77th.
  • Megan Rapinoe scored her sixth career brace tonight and now has 40 international goals. She has scored five World Cup qualifying goals in her international career. Three of her six goals in 2018 have come against Mexico. Rapinoe leads the USA with 10 assists in 2018 after earning one tonight on Morgan’s goal. She has 54 for her career.
  • Alex Morgan scored her 20th career brace tonight, upping her international goal total to 92. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list. She’s scored 19 goals over her last 21 WNT matches and leads the WNT with 12 goals this year. In 2018, Morgan scored a brace in each game the WNT played vs. Mexico: first on April 5 in Jacksonville (friendly), on April 8 in Houston (friendly) and again tonight in Cary (WCQ). She has scored four World Cup qualifying goals in her international career.
  • Julie Ertz scored her 17th international goal tonight in what was her first WCQ appearance. She was on the roster for the 2014 World Cup qualifying tournament but did not play.
  • Tobin Heath scored her 22nd international goal tonight on a phenomenal header assisted by Crystal Dunn. It was her fourth goal in her fifth start this year. She has scored three World Cup qualifying goals in her international career.
  • Crystal Dunn earner her first assist of the year. Dunn was named to the roster for the World Cup qualifying tournament in 2014, but then missed the competition due to injury.
  • Lindsey Horan, recently named the 2018 NWSL MVP, earned two assists tonight to up her 2018 total to five in her 12th start of the year.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn earner her first assist of 2018. It was the defender’s seventh career assist.
  • Alyssa Naeher earned her 17th career shutout in her 34th cap.
  • The USA is now 12-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil and Chile (twice); and ties against Australia and France. The USA is unbeaten in its last 22 matches (19-0-3), and has outscored opponents 71-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 22 games.

– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: October 4, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship - Group A
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 5,404
Weather: 74 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:            1             2             F
USA                                     1             5             6
MEX                                     0             0             0

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Lindsey Horan)         3rd minute
USA – Julie Ertz (Lindsey Horan)                    47
USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe)             57
USA – Tobin Heath (Crystal Dunn)                  61
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                     70
USA – Alex Morgan (Becky Sauerbrunn)        80              

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara (2-Emily Sonnett, 67), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle (10-Carli Lloyd, 66), 9-Lindsey Horan; 17-Tobin Heath (11-Mallory Pugh, 77), 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.)
Substitutes not used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian, 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Christen Press
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

MEX: 12-Bianca Henninger; 2-Kenti Robles, 13-Rebeca Bernal, 14-Arianna Romero (3-Christina Murillo, 78), 16-Cristina Ferral; 4-Bianca Sierra, 7-Nayeli Rangel, 6-Nancy Antonio (19-Katlyn Johnson Carreón, 61), 10-Stephany Mayor (capt.), 17-María Sánchez (18-Kiana Palacios, 47), 9-Charlyn Corral
Substitutes not used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Mónica Flores, 8-Karla Nieto, 20-Lizbeth Ovalle, 15-Ariana Calderón, 11-Mónica Ocampo
Head Coach: Roberto Medina

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 23 / 3
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 14
Offside: 6 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantal Renee Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mijensa Rosancha Rensch (SUR)
4th Official: Marie-soleil Beaudoin (CAN)

U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Megan Rapinoe

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WNT Oct 4, 2018
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