Alex Morgan leads US women's soccer to victory over Haiti

The tournament determines the region’s four direct berths in the 2023 Women’s World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

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United States' Alex Morgan, 对, celebrates with teammate Rose Lavelle scoring her side's second goal against Haiti during a CONCACAF Women's Championship soccer match in Monterrey, 墨西哥, 星期一, 七月 4, 2022.

美国’ 亚历克斯·摩根, 对, celebrates with teammate Rose Lavelle scoring her side’s second goal against Haiti during a CONCACAF Women’s Championship soccer match in Monterrey, 墨西哥, 星期一, 七月 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Midge Purce also scored for the United States, which has won the past two World Cups.

Morgan opened scoring for the U.S. in the 16th minute with a heel flick off a pass from Mallory Pugh that got past Haiti goalkeeper Lara Larco.

Morgan’s second goal came on a header in the 23rd minute.

Haiti was awarded a penalty in the 42nd but Roselord Borgella’s attempt hit the post and caromed away. Borgella was handed a red card in the 45th, but video review rescinded the call and she was given a yellow.

The United States appeared to score on an own goal in the 78th, 但 梅根·拉皮诺(Megan Rapinoe) was ruled offside. Purce scored her fourth international goal in the 84th.

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United States' Alex Morgan goes for a header during a CONCACAF Women'Championship soccer match against Haiti in Monterrey, 墨西哥, 星期一, 七月 4, 2022.

美国’ Alex Morgan goes for a header during a CONCACAF Women’Championship soccer match against Haiti in Monterrey, 墨西哥, 星期一, 七月 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

我们. coach Vlatko Andonovski praised Morgan and said he was pleased with the result, although there’s things to work on before the Americans face Jamaica on Thursday.

“另一方面, we gave up a lot of opportunities, gave up a penalty kick. That’s something we’re going to have to do better and tie up a few things for the next game,” Andonovski said.

Eight teams are split into two groups for the W Championship. The top two finishers in each group earn World Cup berths. The third place finishers in each group advance to a 10-team intercontinental playoff, to be held in New Zealand in February.

The winner of the W Championship also earns a spot in the 2024 奥运会.

Haiti has never qualified for a World Cup or an Olympics.

United States' Mallory Pugh, 剩下, and Haiti's goalkeeper Lara Larco battle for the ball during a CONCACAF Women's Championship soccer match in Monterrey, 墨西哥, 星期一, 七月 4, 2022.

美国’ Mallory Pugh, 剩下, and Haiti’s goalkeeper Lara Larco battle for the ball during a CONCACAF Women’s Championship soccer match in Monterrey, 墨西哥, 星期一, 七月 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

In the group’s late match, Khadija Shaw scored in the eighth minute and Jamaica held on to defeat Mexico 1-0 in the late match.

加拿大, 哥斯达黎加, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago are in the other group.

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