Rose Lavelle celebrates her first-half goal. (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)
CARSON, Calif. — Sam Mewis scored twice and the United States dominated from start to finish as it recorded a 4-0 victory over Mexico in the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament to book a spot in Tokyo at at the Dignity Health Sports Park on Friday night.
The USWNT, four-time gold medal winners, has qualified for all seven Olympic soccer tournaments dating back to the first one in 1996.
The USA has outscored it opposition, 22-0, in four games. The team registered a 4-0 win over Haiti, a 8-0 victory over Panama and a 6-0 triumph over Costa Rica in Group A.
“A huge night for us obviously,” U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe said. “It’s a hard tournament to play in. It’s our first games in year. We’re feeling our way into it. We’re going to look to be champions of Concacaf as well.”
The Americans will meet Canada, 1-0 winners over Costa Rica in the opening game of the doubleheader in Sunday’s final here (FS2, 6 p.m. ET).
“We’ve been put together really good performances, getting everybody involved,” said Rapinoe, who added that the U.S. will “try to have a well balanced attack and try to get after them and play the game the way we want to.”
The USWNT outshot the Mexicans, 26-1, placing 11 shots on goal to only one by its foes.
Rose Lavelle, the Bronze Ball winner of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, lifted the USA to all the scoring it needed in the fourth minute. Julie Ertz won the ball and passed to Rapinoe. She fed Lavelle, who drilled a shot from the top of the penalty arc for her 12th international goal.
Two minutes after forcing the Mexican keeper to save her shot from distance, Mewis made sure her next attempt went in as he slotted home a Rapinoe corner kick in the 14th minute.
With the USA scoring so quickly, the match was on the edge of turning into a rout. The Mexicans, however, to their credit, kept their focus and kept the host team off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half.
Mewis all but clinched a spot in Tokyo as she powered a 24-yard free kick from the right side into the lower left corner to lift the Americans into a 3-0 lead in the 67th minute.
Second-half substitute Christen Press, who came on only minutes prior raised the margin to four goals as she scored on a chip shot in the 73rd minute. She has scored in six consecutive matches and has five goals in this tournament.
USWNT left back Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, N.Y. played in her 100th international match.
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