The United States Women’s National Team defeated Canada 1-0 in the Concacaf W Championship final on Monday night in Monterrey, Mexico. Alex Morgan scored the only goal for the team in the 78th minute when he converted a penalty kick perfectly. Morgan sent a ball to Ross Lavelle on a run into the box and Alisha Chapman clipped the penalty kick which was upheld by VAR. Morgan did the rest, sending the goalkeeper the other way with a low finish.
A win for the USWNT against Canada earns the champions a spot at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and a spot at the 2024 W Gold Cup. The victory was America’s ninth Concacaf title and third in a row.
Head coach Vladko Antonovski continued player rotation throughout this tournament and into the championship final, although he made only two changes from the semi-final against Costa Rica for the final. All five players who started against Canada during last summer’s Olympic semifinals, which Canada won, are also in the tournament.
This time, the USA was the more creative team, registering 17 shots to Canada’s 11. The Americans were sharp throughout and remained scoreless before the penalty kick. Canada had a few chances to equalize, but Alyssa Neher was on target, making the routine saves needed to secure the result and the trophy.
Earlier in the third place match, Jamaica beat Costa Rica 1-0.
US Soccer recently announced that USWNT will play friendlies against Nigeria in Kansas City and Washington DC in September. Ahead of the international friendlies, most of the players on the US roster retire to play in the National Women’s Soccer League. The league will take a break from play this week and resume play on July 29.
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