GUADALUPE, MEXICO – Alex Morgan, with a penalty kick in the 78th minute, helped the United States beat Canada 1-0 in the final of the CONCACAF Women’s Soccer Championship on Monday night.
It was the first meeting between the two teams since August 2, 2021, when Jesse Fleming scored from a penalty kick to push Canada to a 1-0 victory in the finals of the Tokyo Games.
The Canadians then beat the Swedes in a penalty shootout to win the gold medal. The Americans had to settle for a bronze medal.
This time around, it was the United States that got the decisive penalty to secure a place in the 2024 Paris Olympics.
American pressure paid dividends in the second half when Mexican referee Katia Garcia accused a foul after the call between Canadian Alicia Chapman and her opponent Rose Lavelle.
Morgan sat in the penalty area and evaded Keelen Sheridan’s vigil to score the 118th international goal of her career.
As CONCACAF champions, the Americans qualified for the Olympics, but also the inaugural Women’s Gold Cup, which will also take place in 2024.
“It’s always tough matches against the Americans,” said defender Ashley Lawrence. I thought we played a good match. Our goal was to qualify for the Olympics and the World Cup. Unfortunately, we ran out today. »
The Canadians, Olympic champions, can still get their tickets to Paris, but they will have to beat Jamaica in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers, scheduled for September 2023. Canada beat Jamaica 3-0 in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF tournament.
“The important thing is that the players did everything they could in this match,” Canadian coach Bev Priestman said. We really tried everything. But it was not our day and this happens. We should focus on getting our ticket the next time we get the chance. »
Substitute Kiki Van Xanten scored in the 102nd minute to lead Jamaica to a 1-0 win over Costa Rica to finish third earlier on Monday.
The four semi-finalists in CONCACAF have already won their entry to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will take place in Australia and New Zealand in 2023. Panama and Haiti, who finished third in their group, will qualify for the Women’s World Cup. Intercontinental qualifiers for the World Cup.
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