MONTERREY, Mexico — Alex Morgan converted a penalty in the 78th minute as the U.S. national team won the CONCACAF W Championship 1-0 over Canada on Monday night to secure one of the region’s berths in the Games. 2024 Olympics.
As FIFA President Gianni Infantino watched from a private box, the United States finally broke a deadlock when Rose Lavelle was fouled in the box and Morgan cheated Canadian goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan on the penalty spot. It was Morgan’s 118th career goal.
Jamaica defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in overtime early Monday to claim third place in the tournament.
All four semi-finalists have previously won places at the 2023 World Cup next summer in Australia and New Zealand. Runner-up Canada will play Jamaica in a playoff for the region’s other Olympic bid in September 2023.
The United States is now 33-0 in World Cup or Olympic qualifiers since losing to Mexico 2-1 before the 2011 World Cup.
The game was a rematch of the Olympic semifinal a year ago in Tokyo. Canada outscored the United States 1-0 with 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 with Sweden. The American team finished with bronze.
Alyssa Naeher was in goal for the United States in place of Casey Murphy, who started in the previous match of the tournament. Defender Emily Fox also returned to the COVID-19 protocol lineup.
Temperatures hovered around 90 degrees at the start of the match at the BBVA Stadium. Sheridan made a great save in the 31st minute when Mallory Pugh broke down the right side and fired hard at goal.
She made another in the 45th, on an assist from teammate Kadeisha Buchanan, as Sophia Smith struggled to score on the goal line. Smith had another chance at 64, but she went wide.
Canada had a number of late chances, including a Jordyn Huitema header that went just wide.
Kalyssa van Zanten scored in the 102nd minute to give Jamaica the lead in the previous match. Van Zanten, who plays for Notre Dame, came into the game as a substitute in the 99th minute and scored on a well-placed pass from Drew Spence.
“I spoke to her before she came in and told her there was a goal in those boots and she nodded at me and that gave her some confidence,” said Jamaica coach Lorne Donaldson, who took charge of the Reggae Girlz. early last month amid the turmoil.
Costa Rica had perhaps the best chance in the first half when Melissa Herrera faced Jamaica goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer alone, but her shot went wide to 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 fell to the United States 3-0 in the semifinals, while Jamaica lost to Canada 3-0. Jamaica and Costa Rica have been to the World Cup once before.
The United States has been to every World Cup since the tournament began in 1991. The Americans have four titles, including the last two in 2015 and 2019.