The Associated Press
MONTERREY, Mexico — Kristie Mewis scored in the 89th minute to break a deadlock as the United States beat Mexico, 1-0, at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
The United States won Group A in the eight-team tournament and will face Costa Rica in the semifinals on Thursday. The Americans had already qualified for the 2023 Women’s World Cup as one of the top two teams in their group.
Mexican Lizbeth Ovalle was sent off with a red card for a foul on Rose Lavelle in the 73rd minute. USA appeared offside on Mewis’ goal, but it was not reviewed.
While Mexico were solid in defense against top-ranked USA, the hosts were knocked out of next summer’s World Cup qualifiers in Australia and New Zealand.
Jamaica beat Haiti, 4-0, to qualify for their second consecutive World Cup and qualify for a semi-final match against Canada. Bunny Shaw scored twice, and Trudi Carter and Drew Spence also scored for the Reggae Girlz.
Haiti finished third in Group A but will have a chance to make the World Cup in an intercontinental playoff match in February in New Zealand.
Canada beat Costa Rica, 2-0, to win Group B. Both teams had already qualified for the World Cup as the top two in their groups.
Jessie Fleming scored in the fifth minute and Sophie Schmidt added a goal in the 69th for the Canadians, who conceded no goals in the tournament.
Panama beat Trinidad and Tobago, 1-0, to secure third place in Group B and a place in the Intercontinental Qualifiers for another chance to qualify for the World Cup. Marta Cox scored for Panama just before halftime.
The winner of the eight-team women’s championship will earn one of the region’s berths at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Canada won the gold medal at the Tokyo Games.
Rooney agrees to coach DC United
Wayne Rooney has agreed to coach DC United in Major League Soccer.
The longtime English football star played for the MLS club in 2018 and 2019. Once visa formalities are completed, Rooney is expected to replace caretaker manager Chad Ashton, who replaced Hernan Losada earlier this season.
DC United is tied with Chicago for the fewest points in the 28-team league with a 5-10-2 record. United lost 7-0 to the Philadelphia Union on Friday night, tying the MLS record for the biggest margin of defeat.
Rooney, 36, played for Manchester in the English Premier League from 2004 to 2017 and is the top scorer in the history of the English national team.
Rooney resigned as manager of English club Derby last month after 18 months in charge. His reunion with DC United was first reported by The Washington Post.
American midfielder de la Torre joins Celta Vigo
MADRID — American midfielder Luca de la Torre has agreed to join Celta Vigo in the Spanish league, the club have announced.
Celta have said de la Torre will sign a four-year contract with the club based in northwestern Spain.
He arrives from Dutch club Heracles Almelo, where he made 64 Eredivisie appearances in two seasons. He played for Fulham from 2016 to 2020, making only occasional appearances.
De la Torre, 24, has made 11 appearances for the US national team, including two starters and two substitutes in World Cup qualifying.
Born in San Diego, De la Torre holds a Spanish passport thanks to his Spanish father.
He will join a Celta side who finished 11th in the Spanish league last season. Coached by Argentinian Eduardo Coudet, Celta like to play in attack and rely on striker Iago Aspas’ goals.
De la Torre will be Celta’s second American player after Guiseppe Rossi in 2016-17.
Celta haven’t released any financial details about the signing.
Atlanta United loans Wolff to Beveren
ATLANTA — Atlanta midfielder Tyler Wolff, son of Austin FC coach Josh Wolff, has been loaned to second-tier Major League Soccer club Beveren of Belgium for the 2022-23 season.
The 19-year-old Wolff signed with Atlanta in July 2020 and has made 17 league appearances. He was part of the U.S. Under-20 team that qualified for the 2024 Olympic Men’s Soccer Tournament.
Josh Wolff has been the coach of Austin FC since the team started playing in MLS last year. He scored nine goals in 52 international appearances and was part of the USA squad at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.