Alex Morgan brace leads U.S. over Germany 2-0
FARO, Portigal---Alex Morgan scored two goals and just missed out on a third, as the United States Women's National Team defeated Germany in the Algarve Cup final 2-0 on Wednesday at Algarve Stadium.
|Alex Morgan had two goals against Germany in the Algarve Cup final.
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The U.S. and Germany are ranked 1-2 in the most recent FIFA rankings.
This is the 10th time the United States has won the Algarve Cup.
Morgan gave the United States the lead in the 13th minute. Sydney Le Roux played a cross into the box, that was headed by a German defender right at Morgan who rifled a shot into the upper right corner of the nt.
Morgan's second came in the 34th minute, on another defensive miscue by the Germans. Goalkeeper Almut Schult had come way off her line, on a clearance, and played the ball right into the path of Morgan who fired into an open net.
The striker, who has scored the last three U.S. goals in the Algarve Cup, came close to netting a hat trick in the 65th minute, when she fired a shot off the cross bar.
Germany actually out shot the U.S., putting six shots on frame to the United States' 2, but goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart was at her best throughout the match but particularly in the second half. She was called into action in the 69th minute after a Germany free kick was headed toward the goal by substitute Alexandra Popp. Barnhart sprung to her right to claw out the initial effort, before reacting brilliantly to keep out Celia Okoyino da Mbabi on the rebound. She also made a huge save in the final minute to secure the shutout when she dove to her left to deny Mbabi.
Megan Rapinoe was listed in the starting XI, but was subbed out by Tobin Heath, after sustaining a slight muscle strain during warmups. Abby Wambach, who is sitting on 154 goals, two shy of Mia Hamm's all time record, entered the game in the 75th minute.
The U.S. WNT will be back in Europe just two weeks after the end of the Algarve Cup, preparing for matches against Germany (April 5) and the Netherlands (April 9). The USA will also play in Canada on June 2 in Toronto.