MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) – Alex Morgan converted from a penalty in the 78th minute and the United States team won the CONCACAF W Championship final against Canada 1-0, securing one of the region’s berths for the 2024 Olympics.
While FIFA president Gianni Infantino watched from a penalty area, the United States managed to break a 0-0 draw when Rose Lavelle fouled in the penalty area and Morgan eluded Canadian goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan on the penalty spot. It was Morgan’s 118th goal.
Jamaica, for its part, defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in extra time in an earlier game on Monday to claim third place in the tournament.
The four semi-final teams had already secured their places for the 2023 World Cup, which will take place next summer in Australia and New Zealand. Runner-up Canada will face Jamaica in September 2023 in a tie for the region’s other Olympic berth.
The United States is 33-0 in World Cup or Olympic qualifiers since losing 2-1 to Mexico before the 2011 World Cup.
In the previous meeting, Kalyssa van Zanten scored in the 102nd minute to give Jamaica the lead. Van Zanten, who plays for Notre Dame, came on in the 99th minute and scored with a well-placed pass from Drew Spence.
Costa Rica may have had their best chance in the first half, when Melisa Herrera faced Jamaica goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer unopposed, but the shot went too far to the left.
Costa Rica lost 3-0 to the United States in the semifinals, while Jamaica lost 3-0 to Canada.
The United States has participated in every World Cup since the tournament began in 1991. The Americans have four titles, with the last two in 2015 and 2019.