Jenna Richardson (R) of Canada celebrates with teammate Nkem Ezurike (L) after scoring against Panama during a CONCACAF semifinal match in Panama City. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Canada qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan later this year with a 6-0 win in Panama on Friday.
The lopsided win came in the semifinals of the CONCACAF women’s U-20 championship. AndrewOlivieri’s side will face the U.S. in Sunday’s CONCACAF final in Panama.
ChristabelOduro scored twice for Canada, while SabrinaD’Angelo posted a clean sheet for the fourth consecutive match. Surrey’s JennaRichardson, who plays at Oregon State University, also scored.
Coquitlam’s JaclynSawicki (University of Victoria) also featured in the starting lineup, and White Rock’s NicoleSetterlund (Washington State University) came on in the 61st minute. Canada also features ErinUchacz of Port Coquitlam (Oregon State).
Earlier in the tournament, Canada beat Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico. The third-place game between Mexico and Panama will determine CONCACAF’s third berth into the FIFA tournament.
Other countries to have already qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japanare: China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Argentina and Brazil.
The tournament runs Aug. 18-Sept. 8. Germany are defending champions after beating Nigeria at home in the 2010 final. The U.S. won in 2008.
Canada finished second in the inaugural tournament, the U-19 world championships in 2002 .