The U.S. has done its part, sweeping through Group B in CONCACAF's Women's World Cup qualifying tournament in Mexico -- Monday's 4-0 victory over Costa Rica made the scoreline 18-0 -- and will discover Tuesday its semifinal foe.
Canada and Mexico have claimed Group A's final-four slots and their showdown in the last of the group games will determine the group winner (which will meet Costa Rica) and runner-up (which gets the U.S.). The winners of Friday's semis advance to next year's WWC in Germany; the third-place winner meets Italy for a berth.
LOCAL HEROES: Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar HS), a senior at the University of California, scored her third goal in five international appearances to finish off Monday's win. Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach (with her sixth goal of the tournament, a penalty kick), former UCLA star Lauren Cheney and Yael Averbuch also scored for the U.S.
Thirteen of the 18 U.S. goals have been scored by SoCal-bred players, residents or former area collegians.
Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx (South Torrance HS) started in midfield, as always.
OTHER GAMES: Canada needs only a draw Tuesday to win Group B after routing Guyana, 8-0, on Sunday. Christine Sinclair, Boxx's FC Gold Pride teammate, scored four goals and former UCLA star Kara Lang also tallied. Mexico also is 2-0-0 after beating Trinidad & Tobago, 2-0, on goals by Maribel Dominguez and captain Evelyn Lopez.
Haiti beat Guatemala, 1-0, in the other Group B finale Monday.
WHO'S IN: Nine of the 16 teams that will play in Germany have been determined: two-time defending champion Germany, Asian champion Australia and Oceania champion New Zealand, plus England, France, Japan, North Korea, Norway and Sweden.
The African and South American qualifying tournaments are ongoing.
CONCACAF WOMEN'S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
Group A: Canada 6 points, Mexico 6, Trinidad & Tobago 0, Guyana 0
Group B: United States 9 points, Costa Rica 6, Haiti 3, Guatemala 0