U.S. women’s soccer blanks Canada in CONCACAF final
Vancouver, BC, Canada (AHN Sports) – Abby Wambach scored twice and Alex Morgan added two goals and two assists to lead the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to a 4-0 victory over Canada in the championship game of the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Both the U.S. and Canada earned berths to the 2012 London Olympics with semifinal wins on Friday.
Wambach moved to No. 2 on the U.S. and world all-time goal scoring list with her 130th and 131st career goals. She passed former U.S. teammate Kristine Lilly, who retired at the beginning of 2011 with 130 career goals. Wambach now trails only Mia Hamm (158).
Morgan was making her first start of the tournament and was paired up with Wambach in a 4-4-2 formation. It marked the first time that Morgan and Wambach started a match together and Morgan contributed to each of the four U.S. goals.
“I think we came out really strong and the early goal took the wind out of their sails a bit,” said Wambach. “It quieted the crowd down a considerable amount, and then of course the second goal is just the backbreaker for them. It’s hard to score one goal against the U.S., let alone two to equalize and three to go ahead.”
Morgan opened the scoring in the fourth minute and Wambach added two tallies before the half-hour mark as the U.S. opened up a 3-0 lead at the half. Morgan then capped the scoring with a goal in the 56th minute.
“I really like playing with Abby up top,” Morgan said. “We feel really comfortable and can anticipate each others runs, so that always helps.”
The victory gave the USA its third straight CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament title, improved its all-time record against Canada to 43-3-5.