By Anne M. Peterson

The Associated Press

FRISCO, Texas — The U.S. women’s national team defeated Jamaica 6-0 in the CONCACAF semifinal to secure a spot in the World Cup next year in France.

The Americans still have to face Canada.

“Just because we qualified for the World Cup doesn’t mean we’re going to take our foot off the gas,” Alex Morgan said. “We want to win this tournament and we always think of playing Canada as an important game for us.”

Morgan and Tobin Heath each scored twice in the first half.

Heath’s first came in the first two minutes of the match, and she added a second in the 29th. Megan Rapinoe, Julie Ertz and Morgan also had first-half goals.

Canada, ranked No. 5 in the world, also clinched a spot in France with a 7-0 victory over Panama in the earlier semifinal at Toyota Stadium.

The top three finishers in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship represent the region in France, so the winners of both semifinals earned a berth before the final.

The title match between the United States and Canada and the third-place game are set for Wednesday in Frisco.

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