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US secures ticket to Women's World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Mexico in CONCACAF semis

  • United States midfielder Megan Rapinoe (15) heads the ball in the first half against Mexico during a CONCACAF semifinal soccer match in Philadelphia, Pa., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

    United States midfielder Megan Rapinoe (15) heads the ball in the first half against Mexico during a CONCACAF semifinal soccer match in Philadelphia, Pa., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her goal with teammates Megan Rapinoe (15) and Ali Krieger (11) in the first half against Mexico during a CONCACAF semifinal soccer match in Philadelphia, Pa., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

    United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her goal with teammates Megan Rapinoe (15) and Ali Krieger (11) in the first half against Mexico during a CONCACAF semifinal soccer match in Philadelphia, Pa., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States midfielder defender Whitney Engen (6) heads the ball over Mexico forward Luz Duarte (20) in the first half during a CONCACAF semifinal soccer match in Philadelphia, Pa., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

    United States midfielder defender Whitney Engen (6) heads the ball over Mexico forward Luz Duarte (20) in the first half during a CONCACAF semifinal soccer match in Philadelphia, Pa., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)  (The Associated Press)

Carli Lloyd scored a pair of goals in a 3-0 semifinal victory over Mexico on Friday night, securing the United States a trip to next year's World Cup and a spot in the CONCACAF Woman's Championship match on Sunday.

The U.S. women will face Costa Rica, which earned its first World Cup appearance by defeating Trinidad and Tobago on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in the earlier match at PPL Park on Friday night.

The top three finishers in the championship for the North, Central American and Caribbean region earn World Cup bids and the fourth-place finisher will have another chance in a match against Ecuador next month.

Mexico will play Trinidad and Tobago in the third-place match on Sunday.

Lloyd scored in the eighth minute on a header off a bouncing cross from Tobin Heath. She added a goal on a penalty kick in the 30th minute.