U.S. women's semi foe: Mexico

The U.S., as sure a sure thing as exists in Women's World Cup qualifying, needs only a victory Friday over Mexico to claim its berth in next year's championship in Germany. The Mexicans finished second in their group Monday, falling to Canada, 3-0, in the group-stage finale in Cancun.

Canada, which got goals from FC Gold Pride defender Candace Chapman, Josee Belanger and Jonelle Filigno, takes on Costa Rica -- the Ticas were second to the U.S. in Group B -- in the other semifinal Friday. The semifinal winners advance to the WWC, and the third-place team takes on Italy in a home-and-home series for another berth.