Road to China begins today

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 6:24 AM ET

A win and they're in.

Canada's women's national soccer team meets Jamaica at 4:30 p.m. (Sportsnet) in the Home Depot Centre near Los Angeles in the semifinal of the Women's Gold Cup, the quadrennial tournament for the North and Central American and Caribbean zone.

Burnaby's Christine Sinclair will captain the national squad.

Today's winner qualifies for next September's FIFA Women's World Cup in China. Canada is 4-0 with a 31-0 goal margin against Jamaica.

Canada's roster includes 10 Vancouver Whitecaps players. Assistant coach Bob Birarda is also the Whitecaps' head coach.

Jamaica shut out Panama 2-0 in Sunday's quarterfinal in Miami. Canada received a bye to the semifinal.

The other semifinal pits the host United States against Mexico. The final is Sunday.

Canada was runner-up of the 2002 Women's Gold Cup and finished fourth in the 2003 Women's World Cup. The Women's Gold Cup third-place team will play Japan in a wildcard playoff for the final Women's World Cup berth.


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