FOOTBALL: Reggae Girlz begin hunt for World Cup spot today
Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz will begin their campaign today for a spot at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup when the CONCACAF Championship in the United States resumes.
The CONCACAF event doubles as a qualifying competition for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Jamaica begin against Martinique in the opening Group B match at Sporting Park, starting at 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
Coach Merron Gordon says the Reggae Girlz need to win their first two games to have a realistic chance of qualifying for the World Cup.
The other two teams in the group, Costa Rica and Mexico will contest the second game at Sporting Park at 7:30 p.m.
Jamaica’s second game will be against Costa Rica on Saturday at Toyota Park and then the Reggae Girlz will close their preliminary round fixture against Mexico next Tuesday at the RFK Stadium.
Meanwhile, the qualifiers began yesterday with hosts United States and Haiti winning their opening Group A games.
Abby Wambach scored in the 55th minute to lift the United States to a 1-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in the late fixture at Sporting Park.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Haitians, playing most of the match with 10 players after an early red card, defeated Guatemala, 1-0.
The two finalists and the winner of the match for third place earn automatic World Cup berths, while the fourth-place team will face Ecuador in a playoff for another spot.
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