The United States and Canada are headed to the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papa New Guinea after winning their CONCACAF qualifying semifinal matches on Friday.
The United States defeated Honduras, 7-0 to qualify for the World Cup. Canada defeated Mexico, 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw after 120 minutes. The winner of Sunday’s third-place game between Mexico and Honduras will also advance to next year’s World Cup.
Mallory Pugh and Ashley Sanchez each scored a brace for the United States on Friday. Sanchez’s second goal was one of the nicer ones on the day, although the competition level wasn’t high:
Already qualified for the World Cup are Canada, USA, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Ghana, Nigeria, Brazil, Venezuela, France, Germany, Spain, and Sweden. The 16th – and last – nation to qualify will be either Honduras or Mexico on Sunday. The World Cup will take place from Nov. 13-Dec. 3, 2016.