Americans are on brink of elimination.The CONCACAF Women's Championship tournament to qualify teams for the World Cup has settled on the two automatic spots for the World Cup tournament, and for the first time in history, the USA women are not one of them.
Instead, Mexico and Canada meet in the final of the competition, both with World Cup spots to celebrate.
The USA must now fight to secure the final CONCACAF spot by defeating Costa Rica in the third-place game, and then face Italy in a home and home series in order to earn the last remaining World Cup spot.
Mexico got off to a dream start when Maribel Dominguez, known as 'Marigol' for her amazing ability to rack up numerous goals, scored in the first five minutes of the match in front of their home fans in Cancun, Mexico, where the tournament was held.
Carli Lloyd was able to equalize in the 25th minute, but Mexico quickly responded. Only a minute later, Veronica Perez knocked in a header from an Evelyn Lopez pass.
Try as they might, the USA could not score another goal, as El Tri goalkeeper Erika Vanegas denied chance after chance. Mexico held on to the result to earn their way to their first Women's World Cup in a dozen years.
In the other semifinal played earlier in the day, Canada defeated Costa Rica 4-0 to become the other finalist in the competition.
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