The United States women’s soccer team looks primed to defend its crown.
Team USA steamrolled regional opposition this month en route to winning the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S.’s journey started in earnest Oct. 7 with an emphatic 5-0 win over Panama and concluded Wednesday night with a 2-0 win over Canada in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship title game.
USA’s celebrations started on the field at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas and continued in the dressing room.
The U.S. amassed a perfect 5-0-0 record in the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, outscoring opponents by an eye-popping 26-0.
Striker Alex Morgan powered USA with seven goal during the tournament, earning Golden Boot honors. She thanked fans for their support following the win over Canada.
Julie Ertz won the Golden Ball as the outstanding player of the tournament. She also thanked fans and her teammates for the team’s success.
Morgan and Ertz were named to CONCACAF’s Best XI team, as were teammates Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath, Kelley O’Hara and Megan Rapinoe.
Team USA will regroup from the qualifying tournament and soon begins preparing for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, which will run between June 7 and July 7 in France. USA’s dominant performances in qualification and its status as defending world champion means only one expectation exists for the team at World Cup 2019: victory.
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