Setting aside fears about the Zika Virus outbreak in Rio, the US Women’s National Team were focused on the task at hand, that was to earn a semifinals spot in the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship after beating Mexico, 1-0.
With the game seen to be ending in a draw, team USA saw an opening in the 80th minute when they were awarded with a penalty kick off a questionable handball by the Mexicans near the box. USA’s Carli Lloyd had the pressure in her shoulder as she was to do the penalty kick.
Lloyd’s initial kick was saved by Mexico’s goalie Ceclia Santiago, however Lloyd managed to rebound it and scored on a goal that send her team not only of the win but of its sixth consecutive Olympic games qualifying. The games is team USA’s fourth consecutive CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship win.
Team USA had an earlier chance to score on the game when Christen Press attempted on a shot in the 52nd minute but the ball hit the left pole of the goal.
Mexico, on the other hand, showed its toughness as they gave team USA a run in defense but the crucial error in the going late in the game cause them the game.
Team USA, which is coached by Jill Ellis, guns for another run in the Olympics and hopefully defend their championship crown after winning it in the 2012 London Olympics. Aside from the Olympics, team USA also is the champion in the Women’s World Cup and will be defending their title in the 2019 World Cup that will be played in France.
The 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship is a quadrennial international event that determines which teams from the North, Central America and the Caribbean region would qualify to the Olympics.
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