MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) – Alex Morgan scored a couple of goals in the first half and the U.S. women’s team defeated Haiti 3-0 Monday night in the opening match of the W CONCACAF Championship.
The tournament determines the four direct places in the region at the 2023 Women’s World Cup, jointly organized by Australia and New Zealand.
Midge Purce also scored for the United States, which has won the last two World Cups.
Morgan opened the scoring for the United States in the 16th minute with a heel kick with a pass from Mallory Pugh that overtook Haiti goalkeeper Lara Larco.
Morgan’s second goal came with a header in the 23rd minute.
Haiti received a penalty in the 42nd minute, but Roselord Borgella’s attempt hit the post and collided. Borgella received a red card on the 45th, but the review of the video canceled the call and gave him a yellow card.
The United States seemed to score on their own goal in the 78th, but Megan Rapinoe was left out of the game. Purce scored his fourth international goal in the 84th.
U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski praised Morgan and said he was pleased with the result, although there are things to work on before the Americans face off in Jamaica on Thursday.
“On the other hand, we gave up many opportunities, we gave up a penalty. That’s something we’re going to have to do better and tie some things for the next game, ”Andonovski said.
Eight teams are divided into two groups for the W Championship. The top two finishers in each group get places in the World Cup. The third-placed finishers in each group advance to an intercontinental 10-team playoff, to be held in New Zealand in February.
The winner of the W Championship also wins a place at the 2024 Olympics.
Haiti has never qualified for a World Cup or Olympics.
In the final match of the group, Khadija Shaw scored in the eighth minute and Jamaica held on to defeat Mexico 1-0 at the end of the match.
Canada, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago are in the other group.
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