Canadian Women Qualify for 2019 FIFA World Cup
Taylor Maxston (2L)
Fans of female soccer undoubtedly had their eyes glued to the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Women’s Championship tournament in October. With opportunities to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup for the top-three finishers, the stakes could not have been any higher for the eight competing teams from across the globe. Just seven months from now, twenty-four teams will compete to be recognized as world champions in the month-long World Cup tournament, making securing a berth now that much more important.
Canada, currently the fifth-ranked team in the world, has qualified for every Women’s World Cup since missing out on the tournament in 1991. The only thing that stood between the Canadian women and qualifying for their seventh-consecutive time were three matches on the CONCACAF tournament group stage and a semi-final win. They did not disappoint.
After firing on all cylinders out of the gate – by outscoring their opponents 17-1 across their opening three victories – the Canadian women carried that incredible momentum into a semi-final tilt with Panama. Superstar and captain Christine Sinclair scored two goals in the 7-0 rout to secure the Canadian women a spot in the 2019 World Cup. She is now only eight goals away from passing current leader, Abby Wambach, for most goals scored in women’s international history. Adriana Leon, who recorded her second career multi-goal game, added a couple of scores of her own, along with goals from Janine Beckie and Rebecca Quinn, to make clear that this Canadian lineup has the depth to take on any challenger.
While the Canadian women were denied bragging rights after losing a physical and defensive battle to the #1 ranked United States in the CONCACAF final, their body of work and overall success in the tournament should leave fans with plenty to be optimistic about heading into 2019. Congratulations to our Canadian Women’s soccer team and we look forward to tuning in on June 7 to watch them in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup!