The United States women’s soccer team is on its way to London for the 2012 Olympic Games following a 3-0 win over Costa Rica in the semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada Friday evening.
Tobin Heath opened the scoring for Pia Sundhage’s ladies in the 16th minute but there were a few nervy moments in the remaining minutes of the first half.
Hope Solo was quick off her line to deny Raquel Rodriguez nine minutes later, while Carol Sanchez’s rasping effort from around 35 yards hit the crossbar a couple of minutes later.
The second half was pretty much one way traffic and the U.S. extended its lead after 72 minutes when Abby Wambach’s shot was cleared off the line, only to land at the feet of Carli Lloyd, who made no mistake firing home.
Alex Morgan made it three in the 88th minute, to set up a final encounter with Canada, who overcame Mexico (who the U.S. beat 4-0 on Tuesday) in the second semifinal with a 3-1 victory.
The game takes place on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET and will be shown live on NBC Sports Network. Regardless of who wins, both Canada and the U.S. will now head to the London games, which take place from July 27-August 12.
The U.S. will go to London as two-time defending champion, having taken gold in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008. Joining Canada and the Americans will be current World Cup holders Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, North Korea, Cameroon, South Africa, Brazil, Colombia and a representative from Oceania.