By: Jade Edwards
On October 17, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team qualified for the 2019 World Cup with a 2-0 win against Canada. They kicked off the qualifiers on October 4 in a match against Mexico. A result of 6-0 was just the beginning of a five game winning streak of shutouts in which they also played the other Group A candidates at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. Those candidates include Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and then Canada.
The U.S. women scored 26 goals during the qualifiers, while they conceded zero. Alex Morgan (7), Tobin Heath (4), Carli Lloyd (3), Rose Lavelle (3), Megan Rapinoe (3), Julie Ertz (2), Crystal Dunn (1), Sam Mewis (1), Christen Press (1), and Lindsey Horan (1) all scored. Heath, Morgan, and Lloyd are key offensive players given that Heath and Morgan, who both played in four of the five qualifying games, scored at least one goal in each game they played in, and Lloyd scored a hat trick in the second game against Panama. Defensively, they hold down the fort with minimal weaknesses or cracks in the armor, and control is the name of the game in the midfield.
Across the entire roster, the team demonstrates strength, skill, speed, and competitiveness. As the reigning champs of the World Cup of 2015, they are the team to beat. Defeating them, if it happens at all, will not be an easy feat, nor will they go down without a fight.