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Colorado’s Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan one step closer to 2019 Women’s World Cup

USWNT host Trinidad and Tobago tonight in North Carolina.

John A. Babiak - @Photog_JohnB

The Lady Yanks plays host to Trinidad’s Soca Warriors this evening in game three of the Concacaf ”Group A” Women’s Championship Tournament. By pummeling Panama 5-0 on Sunday, the senior U.S. National Women’s Team moved one step closer to clinching a berth in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Tournament in France next summer.

The USA scored in the fifth minute on a set piece as a corner kick from Christen Press was headed home by Samantha Mewis. Carli Lloyd then scored two goals in the first half, before adding a third in the opening minutes of the second to complete her first hat-trick since 2016. Press, who dished out two assists via corner kicks, also added a goal for the USA.

The USWNT out-shot Panama 16-0 in the first half, and 19-4 in the second, but some excellent play from Panama’s 17-year-old goalkeeper Yenith Bailey, who had 12 total saves, some of them spectacular, kept the score down.

Colorado’s Mallory Pugh played the full game while Lindsey Horan came off the bench in the 77th minute for midfielder Abby Dahlkemper.

The USA’s only goal of the second half also came off a set play after Mallory Pugh was chopped down from behind just outside the penalty area on the right side. Rose Lavelle elected to take the free kick and set a perfect bending cross to the far post where the crashing Lloyd headed home from close range. It was the USA’s third set play goal of the match and third header.

The USWNT solidified their first place position in Group A and, regardless of what happens tonight, will play in the Concacaf Women’s Championship semifinals in Frisco, Texas on October 14. Winners of the A and B Group semifinal will play in a championship match on October 17th. Currently, Team Canada sits atop of the B Group, with Costa Rica and Jamaica vying for second place.

How to Watch

Match Date/Time: Wednesday, October 10 at 5:30 p.m. MT

Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium, WakeMed Soccer Park — Cary, North Carolina

Live stream: If you subscribe to FS1 but not FS2, you can stream the match live via the FOX Sports GO app.

Check local viewing events hosted by your local @AmericanOutLaws chapters:

  • @AOColorado (Denver)
  • @AOSprings (Colorado Springs)
  • @AOBoulder (Boulder)
  • @AOFortCollins (Fort Collins)

Click here for the complete Concacaf Women’s Champion Tournament Calendar.