CARY, North Carolina -- The United States claimed the Group A crown as it recorded a 7-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in the final group-stage match for both teams in the 2018 concacaf Women's Championship at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on Wednesday night.
The Americans (3W-0D-0L, 9 points), the top-ranked women's team in the world and defending FIFA Women's World Cup champions, will face the second-place team from Group B -- either Jamaica, Costa Rica or Canada -- in the semifinals in Frisco, Texas on Sunday. Group B will be decided in Edinburg, Texas on Thursday night.
The Soca Princesses finished the tournament at 0W-0D-3L.
Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan (94 international goals) scored two goals apiece. Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath added one apiece.
The USA, which outscored its group-stage foes, 18-0, dominated the match from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. The hosts hit the woodwork four times in the opening half, three times by Morgan.
Morgan scored from close range in the ninth minute. Goalkeeper Saundra Braun and the woodwork frustrated the Americans until they struck during a four-minute span to break the game open. Lavelle tallied off a 30-yard rocket in the 40th minute and from eight yards three minutes later. Dunn powered a 20-yard shot home in the 44th minute for a 4-0 halftime advantage.
Horan (49th minute), Morgan (50th) and Heath (58th) scored in the second half.
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was credited with the shutout.