Morgan penalty seals Olympics spot for US

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Alex Morgan takes the match-winning penalty
Alex Morgan ensured her side won a third consecutive Concacaf crown

Alex Morgan’s 78th-minute penalty sealed the USA’s place at the 2024 Olympics as they beat Canada 1-0 in the Concacaf W Championship final.

Morgan netted her 118th international goal after Allysha Chapman fouled American Rose Lavelle in the area.

Victory in Mexico avenged the world champions’ shock defeat by Canada in last year’s Olympic semi-finals.

Canada, the reigning Olympic champions, will face Jamaica next year for the other Concacaf spot at Paris 2024.

Jamaica qualified for the Olympic play-off by winning the W Championship’s third-place match, as Kalyssa van Zanten scored in the 102nd minute to give them a 1-0 extra-time victory over Costa Rica.

Morgan only returned to international duty with the USA in June after an eight-month break that she says helped her “mentally and physically”.

“I feel like I’m in form, and some of the younger players are able to look up to the older players,” she said.

“It always feels good to be called a champion. So this game means a lot to us. It’s always going to mean a lot. Canada gave us a run for our money. But we prevailed and feel good about the performance.”

All four W Championship semi-finalists have secured places at the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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