US, Canada secure Olympics berths


    NEW YORK. — Sam Mewis scored a pair of goals to help lead a dominant United States to a 4-0 rout over Mexico, clinching a spot in the 2020 Olympics on Friday.

    FIFA’s No. 1 ranked women’s team, the US played up to its lofty status as it blasted Mexico in the semifinals of the CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying championship.

    The US advanced to Sunday’s final against Canada, also Tokyo-bound after defeating Costa Rica 1-0 in a tight match earlier in the day.

    The Americans had no such challenge in their home tilt at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

    Rose Lavelle gave the team an early advantage with a goal in the fifth minute, while Mewis netted her first in the 14th.

    Mexico could do little to make an impression as the U.S. controlled possession. Mewis added her second score in the 67th minute and Christen Press completed the scoring six minutes later. The U.S., now on a 27-match unbeaten streak, are keen to make amends for a quarter-final at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. – Reuters