The U.S. WNT is Headed to Sixth Straight Olympic Games

U.S. WNT's Carli Lloyd has a little extra pep in step these days. Photo Courtesy: Love @ll
U.S. WNT’s Carli Lloyd has a little extra pep in step these days and for good reason.
Photo Courtesy: Love @ll

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The U.S. WNT are officially on their way to Rio de Janeiro after defeating Trinidad and Tobago 5-0 in the semifinals of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship tournament. But first, there’s one more game: Title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship on Sunday against Canada. This will be the U.S.’s chance to win their fourth consecutive CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship.

Alex Morgan scored three times in this game, with one of them being her third career hat trick. Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd each added an additional goal. Lloyd has now scored 12 goals in Olympic Qualifying and she’s two goals shy of tying the record of 14, which is currently held by Abby Wambach. Lloyd will have her opportunity to either tie or break it this Sunday in the final against Canada. Speaking of Carli Lloyd, she’s the only player in this tournament that has scored a goal in each game, and she now has 86 international goals, and she remains in sixth place on the WNT’s all-time scoring list.

Hope Solo earned her 94th career shutout and her 143rd win extending her U.S. record of wins and shutouts by a goalie.

Team USA has now played nine consecutive games in Olympic Qualifying without allowing a goal, and they have an overall record of 17-0-1 and outscoring all their opponents 96 to 4.

The title game this Sunday will be a rematch from the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship, where Team USA easily defeated Team Canada 4-0. This time Canada will look to exact revenge while the USA will look to win it all for the fourth time in a row. Either way both teams will go to the 2016 Olympic games.