The U.S. Women’s National Team qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan with a 4-0 victory over Mexico in the semifinal of the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament in front of 11,292 fans at Dignity Health Sports Park. Rose Lavelle opened the scoring before a pair of goals from Samantha Mewis and a magical Christen Press chip ensured the USA would be represented at the Olympic Women’s Soccer Tournament this summer which will be contested from July 22-Aug. 7.
Having swept through Group A play with a 3-0-0 record and a plus-18 goal difference, the USA continued to show its depth and sharpness in Vlatko Andonovski’s first major tournament as USWNT head coach by outshooting Mexico 26-6 (11-1 on target) while claiming 60 percent possession.
The U.S. continued its streak of scoring early when Lavelle collected a Megan Rapinoe pass and picked out the bottom right corner in the fifth minute. Mewis then doubled the lead in the 14th minute when she smashed a Rapinoe corner kick into the back of the net from just outside the six-yard box.
The USA took the 2-0 lead into the break and then built on it in a second half that featured Mewis scoring a second goal via a thunderbolt of a free kick and Press coming off the bench in the 68th minute to score in a sixth consecutive game.
After Press made it 4-0 in the 73rd minute, the U.S. nearly added to its lead on multiple occasions but will ultimately be content to have qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games with a dominating performance.