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Colorado’s Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh are heading to 2019 Women’s World Cup

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The Lady Yanks overwhelm Concacaf ’s Reggae Girls 6-0 in Frisco and earn a trip to the 2019 World Cup in France.

John A. Babiak - @Photog_JohnB

Denver natives Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh have shared big dreams since they were youngsters playing for their respective hometown Colorado Rush and Real Colorado soccer clubs. They both dreamt of joining the U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams, rising through the ranks, making the senior U.S. Women’s National Team roster, and representing their home state and nation in a Women’s World Cup Tournament. When the final whistle blew on Sunday night in Frisco, these one-in-a-million kid fantasies all aligned, and their dreams became a reality.

The USWNT put on another formidable display of offense and defense before a small but patriotic crowd in Toyota Soccer Stadium, dominating Jamaica in the Concacaf Women’s Championship semifinals with a final score of 6-nil. The impressive win earned the U.S. Women’s National Team a trip to the Women’s World Cup Tournament next summer in France. Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh are sure to be members of the 2019 USWNT squad and on their way to Paris in just five months.

The USA scored inside the first 10 minutes in its fourth consecutive game at this tournament that started in Cary, North Carolina last week. Tobin Heath found the net just 100 seconds into the game. She then added another goal later in the half for her second career multi-goal game. Megan Rapinoe scored on a beautiful finish in the 15th minute to expand the lead to 2-0. Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan also tallied to hand the USA a 5-0 advantage at halftime. By the end of a dominant first half, the USA had out-shot Jamaica 15-1.

To begin the second 45, the Yanks made substitutions and continued to control the pace of the game. Their attacking side maintained its shooting advantage, 11-2 in the second half. Forward Mal Pugh remained on the bench throughout the match, presumably being rested for Wednesday night’s Championship match. The only goal in the second half of the match came via a penalty kick awarded to Alex Morgan, who buried the shot for her 96th international score.

Lindsey Horan played the full match and was a workhorse distributing passes in the midfield and suppressing any Jamaican counter-attacks. She attempted a few shots on goal, none hitting the back of the net. However, in the 28th minute, Horan delivered a volley that found the top of Tobin Heath’s left boot. Heath drilled the ball into the goal, giving Horan her seventh assist this year.

In the first semifinal match of the day, Canada defeated Panama 7-0, which means they also earned a berth to the World Cup and advance to play in this week’s finale with the USA. That match will be no friendly—winner takes home the Concacaf Women’s Championship trophy and bragging rights to being the best women’s side in North America.

The Championship match will be Wednesday, October 17th at 6:00 pm MT.

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