Alex Morgan leads as USA beats Canada for W Championship and Olympic berth | United States women’s national soccer team

Alex Morgan converted from a 78th-minute penalty and the USA national team won the Concacaf W Championship 1-0 against Canada on Monday night to secure one of the region’s berths at the 2024 Olympics .

As Fifa President Gianni Infantino watched from a private box, USA finally broke a deadlock when Rose Lavelle was fouled in the box and Morgan trumped Canadian goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan on the penalty. It was Morgan’s 118th career goal.

Jamaica beat Costa Rica 1-0 in extra time earlier on Monday to claim third place in the tournament.

The four semi-finalists have all secured places for the 2023 World Cup next summer in Australia and New Zealand. The runner-up, Canada, will face Jamaica in the playoffs for the region’s other Olympic bid in September 2023.

The United States is now 33-0 in World Cup or Olympic qualifying matches since losing to Mexico 2-1 before the 2011 World Cup.

The match was a rematch of the Olympic semi-final a year ago in Tokyo. Canada beat the United States 1-0 on a late penalty to advance to the final, their first victory over the Americans in 20 years.

The Canadians won the gold medal in a penalty shootout against Sweden. Team USA finished with bronze.

Alyssa Naeher was in goal for the United States instead of Casey Murphy, who started the final game of the tournament. Defender Emily Fox also returned to Covid-19 protocol training.

Megan Rapinoe of the United States celebrates with her teammates after winning the Concacaf Women’s Championship on Monday night. Photography: Daniel Becerril/Reuters

Temperatures hovered in the 90s at the start of the match at Estadio BBVA. Sheridan made a big save in the 31st minute when Mallory Pugh broke through from the right side and shot hard on goal.

She made another in the 45th, with an assist from teammate Kadeisha Buchanan, as Sophia Smith raced to score on the goal line. Smith had another chance in the 64th, but it went wide.

Canada had plenty of chances late in the game, including a header from Jordyn Huitema that went wide.

Kalyssa van Zanten scored in the 102nd minute to put Jamaica ahead in the previous match. Van Zanten, who plays for Notre Dame, came on as a 99th-minute substitute and scored from a well-placed pass from Drew Spence.

“I spoke to her before she came in and told her there was a purpose to that boot and she nodded to me and that gave her some confidence,” the coach said. Jamaican Lorne Donaldson, who just took over the Reggae Girlz early last month amid upheaval.

Costa Rica may have had the best opportunity in the first half when Melissa Herrera faced Jamaican keeper Rebecca Spencer alone, but her shot from the left.

Rocky Rodriguez, who plays for the Portland Thorns in the National Women’s Soccer League, hit the post with a shot in stoppage time, and the game went into overtime.

Costa Rica lost to the United States 3-0 in the semi-finals, while Jamaica lost to Canada 3-0. Jamaica and Costa Rica have each competed once in the World Cup.

The United States have appeared in every World Cup since the tournament began in 1991. The Americans have four titles, including the last two in 2015 and 2019.

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