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The No. 1-ranked United States tumbled to Mexico, 2-1, in Cancun in the semifinals of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament.

A boisterous capacity crowd of 8,500 at Estadio Beto Avila revelled in a triumph that not only punched Mexico’s ticket to next year’s Women’s World Cup in Germany but improved the Mexican women’s overall record against their longtime American tormentors to 1-19-0. 

For the fourth straight tournament game, the U.S. got off to a sluggish start, and it found itself behind for good after striker Veronica Perez scored Mexico’s second goal in the 27th minute.  Although the Americans engaged in a futile, all-out assault on the Mexican goal over the next hour, they also managed to be called for 25 goals to the Mexicans’ four. 

The upset drops the U.S. into a third-place game against Costa Rica three days later for the right to play European also-ran Italy for the 16th and final World Cup berth.  That same night Mexico will face Canada, which earned its trip to the sixth Women’s World Cup by knocking off the Ticas in its semifinal, 4-0.

The U.S.-Costa Rica winner will take on the No. 11-ranked Italians on November 20 on the road and November 27 at home.  [November 5]

Comment:  America’s greatest international rivalry by far in any sport–the USA vs. Mexico in soccer–has officially spread to a whole new gender.