Former Chadwick School standout Christen Press scored in the 56th minute as the U.S. assured itself of a spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Mexico today in a semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship Friday in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Carli Lloyd notched the first two goals in the sixth and 30th minutes while goalkeeper Hope Solo did not need to make a save to record her 76th shutout in international play.
Both winning semifinalists and the third-place finisher in the tournament are assured of representing North America, Central America and the Caribbean in the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
The U.S. will play Costa Rica in the championship game Sunday in Chester. Costa Rica qualified for its first Women’s World Cup by defeating Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 on penalty kicks, after regulation play and overtime ended in a 1-1 tie.
Mexico will play Trinidad & Tobago in the third-place game Sunday.
The loser will play Ecuador, the third-place finisher in South American qualifying, in a two-game playoff, with the winner receiving a World Cup berth.
The U.S. has qualified for all seven Women’s World Cups, winning in 1991 and 1999, finishing second in 2011 and third in 1995, 2003 and 2007.