Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament

By: Caroline Pietrick

This upcoming summer, 2019, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team will be competing in the Women’s World Cup in France. It is the highest ranked soccer tournament in the world and is a great privilege to even qualify to play. In order to qualify, the world is split into regions with different “conferences” who play each other for a spot on the world stage. The United States is in CONCACAF along with Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, and Cuba. They are split into two groups of four teams with an official draw that takes place. Canada and the United States were the top seeds because of their ranking beforehand, but the rest of the teams were also split into pots. Pot 1 was the United States and Canada, Pot 2 was Mexico and Costa Rica, Pot 3 was Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, and Pot 4 was Panama and Cuba. The draw took place on September 4th, 2018. The groups were as followed:

Group A-

Seed 1-United States

Seed 2-Mexico

Seed 3-Trinidad and Tobago

Seed 4-Panama

Group B-

Seed 1-Canada

Seed 2-Costa Rica

Seed 3-Jamaica

Seed 4-Cuba

The United States started their group playoff with a game against Mexico on October 4th. With Alex Morgan’s brace and Megan Rapinoe’s brilliant pass, the USWNT won 6-0. They had a quick turn around before the had to play Panama on October 7th. Carli Lloyd scored her 103, 104, and 105 goals, leading the team to victory 5-0. October 10th was their third game against Trinidad and Tobago. Again, the USWNT wins 7-0 with a brace from both Alex Morgan and Rose Lavelle and goals from Crystal Dunn and Lindsey Horan. At this point, they were one win away from qualifying for the World Cup. All they needed to do was beat Jamaica on October 14th. It was another easy win, 6-0, allowing the United States to book their tickets to France in 2019. On October 17th, the final was against Canada and the United States, however, both of the teams will be going to France. With a goal from Rose Lavelle, The United States finished the tournament winning against France 2-0. Personally, as a soccer player myself, I am ecstatic to see my role models play in France and fight for their fourth star. I will definitely be watching the games and hopefully watching the United States win the World Cup.