Ale and Tobin h led the way with two goals each as the ns booked their place in

Cedella Marley

It was only eight yes ago that the US almost missed out on the 2011 s due to a shock loss in qualifying. Coming into days Concacaf s Tournament semi-final agnst , the s and were keenly awe of what hened in 2010, admitting they talked about it before the tournament ted.

But this ound, t was no such suspense for the No1-ranked in the . On day, the ns srolled their way past , 6-0, and clinched their spot at the 2019 s , giving them the to defend their title.

, how were at this , is a special for us, sd Tobin h after the . Qualifying is a feeling and qualifying in this way is even better.

It took the ns just 103 seconds to s. Lindsey Horan d a shot that Schneider palmed away, but h collected the rebound for the -in.

It took an 13 minutes for to double the s with an emphatic shot. Dahlkemper launched a b the of the and Rapinoe d into the roof of the net from the corner of the si-yd bo. From t, goals from Julie Ertz and Ale followed.

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doubles the USWNT’s after a wonderful cross- pass from Dahlkemper. pic.twitter.com/MhK83vGWeY

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Ellis agn ed what has emerged as her ting line-up, the same 4-3-3 she used in the tournaments opening agnst Meico. While the tournament itself has lacked the of the 2010 edition, it has mked an end to the experimentation that Ellis has undertaken since the ns crashed out of the 2016 Rio in the quter-finals.

Asked whether this ting I from the romp past would be Elliss -choice group in , the joked that it was a big-ass crystal to make such a , but the group showed their strength.

The s in this group e s that have gone through the gauntlet in terms of being chenged and their quality, Ellis sd. They have a lot of depth and a lot of talent. Right , its about the thats in front of . cant make s like that.

further solidified herself as a ter and continued a te that has her at 23 goals in her last 23 for the US. The ns used her and pace throughout the tournament to stretch defenses and slip in behind back lines. On day, she sd off a Rapinoe free-kick, coolly slotting the b through the n defense. She later added a penalty kick.

h also sd a b, the fifth to do so at this tournament. , Rapinoe and sd twice in elier while li Lloyd sd a hat-trick agnst Panama.

This whole tournament weve been able to s a lot of different ways and get a lot of s in on goal, sd. The and the way were scoring I dont think weve ever had this many different s on the s sheet in a tournament.

Defensively, the ns werent ed by the Reggae Girlz, but also showed why shes become a sle under Ellis. She ted the at left-back, and once Rose came off for defender Sonnett, Dunn moved up to the right-wing w she was a constant threat.

This Concacaf tournament has very much been one of the haves and have-nots. s s was only reestablished in 2014 after , Bob Mleys , provided funding. The had funding to its s program in 2010.

Theyre an level, sd Hue Menzies. Theyre not a level for us. Its something to len from. Their development and the level they play at, thats w the rest of the has to catch up. We got to get our s in those types of s.

With days win, the ns continued a dominant run through Concacaf. They still only have one loss in a qualifying tournament, the shock 2-1 defeat to Meico in 2010.

rivals wt in the final for the ns after they recorded a dominant 7-0 win over Panama, but the is academic with both s having booked their place in . , past qualifying no er haunt the ns. They be at the and any upsets have to wt for an tournament.

Were ing to playing them, h sd of . Its always a rivalry and it be a good for us to see w we e agnst a better opponent.

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