The US women's soccer team releases Mexico for the Olympics

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<pre><pre>The US women's soccer team releases Mexico for the Olympics

CARSON, California – Samantha Mewis scored two goals and the US national team secured a spot at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday night with a 4-0 semi-final victory over Mexico at the CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifier.

Rose Lavelle and Christen Press also scored goals for the United States, which expanded their unbeaten streak to 27 games.

The USA will face Canada in the tournament's title game on Sunday. Canada secured the other Olympic place in the region with a 1-0 victory over surprisingly resilient Costa Rica 1-0 on Friday.

Canada has taken second place in the United States in the last three qualifying tournaments.

The high-ranking US team won a World Cup victory in France last summer. It was the fourth title of the team in the soccer tournament.

The United States has made the field for all the Olympic Games since football became an Olympic sport in 1996 and has won the gold medal four times. However, the Americans were eliminated in the quarter-finals against Sweden in Brazil four years ago because the team had left the tournament for the earliest time.

Mexico, which is number 26 worldwide, came second in its group to beat the USA in the semi-finals.

Mexico made the field for the 2004 Olympics, but hasn't been back since. Mexico is on the advance, however, strengthened by a domestic women's league. The team won the first two games in the group stage before beating Canada 2-0.

The United States won their preliminary round games without scoring a goal. Lindsey Horan led with five goals and the press added four. Neither Press nor Horan started against Mexico.

Lavelle's fifth-minute goal gave the United States an early lead, before Sam Mewis struck a goal on 14th and shot the ball past Mexican goalkeeper Emily Alverado.

Carli Lloyd had the opportunity to take the lead after 61 minutes but the shot went over the goal. Mewis scored her second goal in the 67th minute with a perfectly placed free kick from just outside the penalty area. It was Mewi's 18th international goal.

The press, which came as a replacement, scored on a chip in the 73rd. They have scored in six consecutive games for the United States, including each of the qualifiers.

It was the 100th appearance of defender Crystal Dunn on the US national team.

Participation in the game at Dignity Health Sports Park, home of the LA Galaxy, was announced at 11,292 a.m.

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