Alex Morgan of Team USA went on beast mode as she fired up her team to a 5-0 win overwhelming Trinidad and Tobago in the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship played at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
Morgan lighted up Team USA’s campaign in the semifinals scoring three goals. She first nailed a goal in the 30th minute with an open play as she together with teammates Tobin Heath (12th minute via open play) and Carli Llyod (43rd minute via header) gave their squad a commanding 3-0 advantage in the first half.
Then, the 26-year old Morgan practically build a wall between the Americans and Trinidad and Tobago as she scored two consecutive goals in the 71st and 73rd minutes of play, respectively that gave them the win and a date with Canada in the championship.
Aside from the win, team USA is also assured of a spot going into the Rio Olympics that will take place this summer.
Aside from playing for the senior women’s team of the United States, Morgan is also playing as a forward for the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) under team manager Tom Sermanni.
At age 22, Morgan was the youngest players in the US national squad that competed in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and at the 2012 London Olympics, she scored the game winning goal of their semifinals match against rivals Canada. She was then named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year and was a finalist to the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
Going into the championship, team USA will face familiar foes Canada, whom they beat back in the 2012 edition of the tournament and at the semifinals of the 2012 London Olympics. Team USA aims to make a repeat performance but the Canadian side are eager to take the crown from the defending champions.
CONCACAF is the third-most successful FIFA confederation. The 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship is a quadrennial international event that determines which teams from the North, Central America and the Caribbean region would qualify to the Olympics.
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