MONTERY, Mexico ( Associated Press) – Alex Morgan scored a penalty in the 78th minute as the United States won the CONCACAF W Championship Final 1-0 over Canada, securing one of the field berths at the Olympics.
As FIFA president Gianni Infantino watched from a box, the United States managed to break a goalless tie when Rose Lavelle was fouled in the box and Morgan removed Canada’s goalkeeper Callen Sheridan on the penalty spot. It was Morgan’s 118th goal of his career.
Meanwhile, Jamaica beat Costa Rica 1-0 in extra time on Monday to finish third in the tournament.
The four semi-finalist teams had already secured their places for the 2023 World Cup, which will take place next summer in Australia and New Zealand. Canada will face Jamaica in the final for another Olympic berth in the region in September 2023.
The United States is 33–0 in a World Cup or Olympic qualifier since losing 2–1 to Mexico prior to the 2011 World Cup.
Calissa van Zanten scored in the 102nd minute to put Jamaica ahead in the previous meeting. Van Zanten, who plays for Notre Dame, came in as a substitute in the 99th minute and scored from a fine pass from Drew Spence.
Costa Rica probably had their biggest chance in the first half, when Melissa Herrera faced Jamaica goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer unopposed, but the shot was sent too far to the left.
Costa Rica lost 3–0 to the United States in the semi-finals, 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, including the last two in 2015 and 2019.