In case you missed it, The USWNT has won another competition! They won the CONCACAF Women’s Championship last week, and have qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be played this coming summer in France.
It’s official, we know that USA, Canada and Jamaica are on their way to France 2019. Last weeks end to the CONCACAF Women’s Championship was full of drama and excitement. Here’s a look back at how things played out!
Is this real life? Is this just fantasy?
The #USWNT scored 26 goals during qualifying. Our opponents had a combined 3 shots on goal in those 5 games.https://t.co/NS0kdF9Z5y
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) October 24, 2018
The US Women’s National Team cruised through World Cup Qualifying. They put 26 goals into the net of their opposition, while only allowing three shots on goal through all five of their matches. This is unprecedented. It’s a huge accomplishment that instills loads of confidence. Not only does this team score at will, they also are so structured that no one in their global region could break them down! The US are on the Women’s World Cup in France next summer. They will be the team to beat as they try to defend their crown, and win consecutive World Cup’s for the first time ever. (USA won the last Women’s World Cup in 2015).
If you still aren’t paying attention to this team, you should be, they are the best in the world. Stay tuned for their matches to watch a truly dominating force!
Canada still number two in CONCACAF
Officially qualified. 🍁
We are going to the @FIFAWWC France 2019! pic.twitter.com/AA41awzqhO
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) October 14, 2018
Canada had a dominating tournament. They’ll join USA in the World Cup next June. Unfortunately for Canada, they are still playing second fiddle to USA. Canada lost their only match of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship to USA. They lost 2-0 in the championship match. While they cannot seem to get over the hump to beat USA, they are still one of the better teams in the World. They have loads of talent and are ready to make a splash in France in the 2019 World Cup!
The Rise of Jamaica and Panama
Congratulations to @jff_football for their 3rd Place finish in the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship and first ever qualification to @FIFAWWC! 🇯🇲 👏#CWC #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/66UnBQfJqJ
— Concacaf (@Concacaf) October 18, 2018
Many thought that Mexico and Costa Rica were the teams on the rise leading into this tournament. However, that was not the case. Jamaica and Panama emerged in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Both teams made it to the semifinals where they fell to USA and Canada respectively. The two nations met in the third place match that would determine which team would qualify for the 2019 World Cup, and who would have to play a playoff match vs Argentina to make it to the World Cup.
A thrilling match between two young teams ended in a tie, and went to penalties. Jamaica emerged victorious; they qualified for the Women’s World Cup for the first time in their history! Panama will have to play Argentina to determine their World Cup fate. Both teams show amazing promise. Jamaica may be a dark-horse in the upcoming World Cup. Should Panama make it they may turn some heads as well!
What’s next for the USWNT?
Prep for next summer begins now!
The #USWNT will wrap up its 2018 schedule in Europe against 🇵🇹 and 🏴.
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) October 23, 2018
To prepare for next Summer’s World Cup, the USWNT will travel to Europe to take on Portugal on November 8th and Scotland on November 13th. Look forward to see some of the team that helped the US qualify play in these matches, but also be on the lookout for newcomers, or fringe players to be given opportunities to shine and earn a spot!
You can watch these upcoming matches! USA vs Portugal on November 8th will be live on ESPN2 at 1 PM ET on November 8th. USA vs Scotland will come to you on FS1 at 2 PM on November 13th. Be sure to watch this amazing team play!
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