A host of Thorns FC players booked their tickets to next summer's 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France this past weekend. Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath and Emily Sonnett helped the U.S. Women's National Team to a 6-0 semifinal victory over Jamaica in the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship. Heath struck twice in the first half in the 2nd and 29th minutes with Horan contributing an assist on her teammate's second goal.
Perhaps more notably, though, the win earned the USWNT one of two automatic spots in next summer's global tournament.
Before France, however, the Americans' next opponent – and fellow World Cup qualified team – will be a familiar one as Christine Sinclair and the Canada National Women's Team bested Panama 7-0 in the other Concacaf semifinal. Sinclair scored in the match for her 177th international goal and is now only seven goals behind Abby Wambach for the all-time lead.
Christine Sinclair is closing in on history! 🇨🇦— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 15, 2018
Only 7 goals separate her now from Abby Wambach's all-time international goalscoring record. 👀 pic.twitter.com/9q3lt9UBag
The Thorns captain was happy with helping her team qualify.
“You can’t take it for granted. Qualifying in Concacaf is getting more and more difficult and you’re seeing different teams reaching semifinals,” she said to Fox Sports’ Alex Curry after the game. “It never gets old.”
The two teams will face off for the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 5pm PT on either FS1 or FS2 (depending on MLB Playoffs schedule).