U.S. Captures Algarve CupSports Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
The United States has won the prestigious Algarve Cup for the ninth time, beating Germany 2-0 in Wednesday’s final at Faro, Portugal.
Alex Morgan scored both goals in the first half as the American women won their first significant tournament under new coach Tom Sermanni, who took over in late 2012.
Morgan started the scoring in the 13th minute. Sydney Leroux sent a cross that Germany central defender Josephine Henning tried to head clear. But the ball fell to Morgan just inside the area and she scored with her left foot.
Morgan connected again 12 minutes later. A mix-up between goalkeeper Almuth Schult and her defense let Morgan steal the ball and she rolled a shot into the empty net from the edge of the box.
Nicole Barnhart protected the lead with some strong saves in the second half.
Courtesy of the Associated Press
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