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CHESTER, Pa. – 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.