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U.S. ousts Haiti 6-0 on way to semifinals

Tobin Heath of the U.S. rises above Haiti’s Samantha Brand to head ball in 6-0 U.S. win. (Associated Press)
Tobin Heath of the U.S. rises above Haiti’s Samantha Brand to head ball in 6-0 U.S. win. (Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. women’s soccer team completed Part I of its trip to the 2015 World Cup, dominating play Monday night in a 6-0 win over Haiti to finish unbeaten – and unscored upon – in group play in the CONCACAF championship.

Abby Wambach had two goals, and Carli Lloyd, Meghan Klingenberg, Christen Press and Morgan Brian also scored for the Americans, who advanced to the semifinals Friday and Sunday at the Philadelphia Union’s stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. The top three teams qualify for next year’s World Cup in Canada, while the fourth-place team will face Ecuador in a playoff.

The loss eliminated Haiti, which had put together a valiant, low-funded qualifying effort while training in months-long spurts in Indiana. The Haitians are 0-4 against the U.S., having lost 10-0 in 1991, 8-0 in 2004 and 5-0 in 2010.

The Americans are winning in a no-win situation, the overwhelming favorite facing small countries where women’s soccer is a low priority. Canada, the other North American powerhouse, isn’t in the tournament because it automatically qualifies for the World Cup as the host nation.

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