• Sunday Jan 24, 2010

    U.S. claims place in semis with 4-0 win over Trinidad

    GUATEMALA CITY - Sydney Leroux scored a pair of goals for the second time in three days and the United States became the first team to claim its place in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship with a 4-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday.

    The win also clinched a berth for Mexico, which beat Jamaica 2-0 earlier Saturday. Mexico will face the United States for the Group B title on Monday and the right to face the runner-up from Group B in the semifinals.

    The United States went ahead in the fifth minute and dominated throughout, as Trinidad managed only token possession and were outshot 10-0, 7-0 in the first half alone.

    Morgan Marlborough and Kristie Mewis accounted for the other goals by the United States, the defending Under-20 Women's World Cup champion seeking its second CONCACAF title.

    It was the second overwhelming performance by the United States, which routed Jamaica 6-0 on Thursday. Saturday's results eliminated both Caribbean sides Trinidad and Jamaica, who will face off on Monday.

    Marlborough put the United States in front in the fifth, running onto a ball from defender Rachel Quon in her own half, striking it first time and lofting it over goalkeeper Kimika Forbes from the top corner of the penalty area.

    Kristie Mewis doubled the lead in the 23rd with the help from her younger sister Samantha. Quon drove a free kick into the area, where Samantha Mewis flicked it with her head. The ball caromed off of Trinidad defender Camille Borneo and to Kristie Mewis, who finished from the left side for a 2-0 lead.

    Leroux scored her first in the 36thrd, heading in a corner by co-captain Christine Nairn from 10 meters.

    She completed the one-sided first half by running onto a through ball from Marlborough in midfield and using a one-time deft touch with her right foot to easily beat Forbes with a slow roller inside the left post.

    The United States continued to dominate through the second half, even after Teresa Noyola replaced Leroux in the 57th minute.

    Kristie Mewis hit the crossbar with a 35-meter blast in the 70th minute and Forbes thwarted another chance by Amber Brooksin the 72nd, blocking her close-range shot out for a corner.

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