Tobin Heath, Mallory Pugh, and Christen Press all scored and then United States women’s national team was rarely threatened in a 3-0 win that stands as the final tune-up for the World Cup in France.
The U.S. will meet Thailand, Nigeria, and Chile in Group F play beginning on June 11.
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The match was barely 10 minutes old when Heath took advantage of terrible miscommunication between Mexican goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago and Rebeca Bernal.
There was still work to do when Heath got the ball, finding the angle to make it 1-0.
Carli Lloyd nearly slid a ball home after dribbling Santiago in the 48th minute, but was defied by a goal line clearance.
The second goal came when Lloyd dribbled toward the near post from a tight angle, sliding a pass to Pugh for a 2-0 lead.
Press completed the scoring with a classy finish in the final minutes.
The United States women’s national team is one win away from clinching a spot in next summer’s World Cup, and it will have two chances to do it.
The Yanks pounded Trinidad and Tobago 7-0 on Wednesday to win Group A of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in dominant fashion.
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Alex Morgan and Rose Lavelle each scored twice in the win, which sends the USWNT to Sunday’s semifinals.
Earlier, Panama stunned Mexico with goals in each half of a 2-0 win that eliminated Mexico from qualification for the World Cup.
Mexico had qualified for the last two World Cups and was one of three automatic qualifiers to the CONCACAF tournament.
Now Panama will meet the winner of Group B, while the USWNT will face the second place team in Group B.
The semifinal winners qualify for the World Cup, while the losers play a winner-take-all third place game for the third CONCACAF spot in France.