United States vs. Canada – Football Match Report – July 18, 2022

Alex Morgan scored a penalty late in the second half to lead the United States to a 1-0 win over Canada in Monday night’s CONCACAF W Championship final in Monterrey, Mexico.

The game was a replay of last summer’s Olympic semifinals, which Canada won 1-0 before winning the gold medal in Tokyo, with USWNT’s win securing a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

“It always feels good to be called champions, so this game just feels good for us,” Morgan said after the game. “Canada fought us for our money but we prevailed and we feel good about it.”

Vlatko Andonovski’s side looked lively from the start as Mallory Pugh’s well-delivered volley tested Canada keeper Kailen Sheridan and Morgan fired just wide of the far post within the first five minutes.

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Both teams continued to have chances in the first 45 minutes, with Sheridan somehow deflecting Sofia Smith’s shot from close range just before the half ended 0-0.

Just after the hour mark, Smith missed another golden opportunity. After passing the Canadian defense to a perfectly weighted through ball from Morgan, Smith went around Sheridan but slipped trying to fire into a wide open goal and her shot ended up in the side netting.

Canada’s Allysha Chapman fouled Rose Lavelle in the box in the 76th minute and Morgan misdirected Sheridan’s penalty to give the USA the lead. It was Morgan’s 118th overall career goal for the USWNT and she finished with the W Championship as Player of the Tournament.

“I haven’t been on the team for the past eight months,” Morgan added. “So I was able to just focus on San Diego and that helped me mentally and physically and then when I came back to the team my role just grew and that felt good.

“I feel good overall, happy, healthy and confident and feel like I can contribute exactly what is being asked of me. So I’m in very good shape right now.”

Canada had a number of late chances, including a header from substitute Jordyn Huitema that went wide as Andonovski’s side saw the result.

The win extends USWNT’s overall record in World Cup and Olympic qualifiers to 60-1-1, with the lone loss against Mexico in 2011.

In the third-place play-off, Jamaica defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in extra time through a goal by Kalyssa van Zanten to secure the right to face Canada for CONCACAF’s second spot at the Paris Olympics next September.

All four teams – the USA, Canada, Jamaica and Costa Rica – had already secured places at the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand by reaching the semi-finals of the W Championship.

Associated Press information was used in this story.

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Emma Bowman

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