Mexico qualify, USA crowned

Mexico have sealed CONCACAF’s third and final berth to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012 in comfortable fashion, while USA scored a comeback win against Canada to claim the continental title.

Panama never looked like troubling Mexico despite home advantage in Panama City on Sunday.

Yamile Franco and Natalia Gomez-Junco scored two each and Tanya Samarzich added another to earn Mexico a fourth straight trip to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup World Cup.

USA dominated large tracts of the final against northern neighbours Canada but needed to rely on two goals in the final 11 minutes to see off their opponents, and earn a second straight CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship and third overall.

Canada took the lead on just five minutes as Jenna Richardson converted her fourth goal of the tournament only for firstly Maya Hayes, and then Chioma Ubogagu in the second last minute, to lift the Americans to the crown.

Both USA and Canada qualified for Japan 2012 on Friday thanks to their respective semi-final wins against Mexico and Panama.