International Football

United States vs. Germany: 2013 Algarve Cup Final Live Blog, Analysis, Recap

Nathan McCarterFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2013

2013 Algarve Cup Final — Estádio Algarve, Algarve.

UNITED STATES 2-0 GERMANY (Fulltime)

Goals: Morgan 13', 34' (USA)

 

The United States remains atop the women's soccer mountain after a 2-0 victory over Germany.

Both goals happened in the first half, and both were by the new face of American soccer, Alex Morgan. The first was a brilliant left-foot strike into the upper corner of the net. Leroux chased down a ball and put it right to Morgan, who finished.

The second was all Germany's fault. The defender and keeper both briefly stopped not knowing who was going to play the ball, and Morgan got in between them to steal the ball and give the U.S. a 2-0 lead, one that would hold up until the end.

The USWNT defense played exceptionally well on this evening, and Germany did not have many answers for the overall team speed of the U.S. All in all, it was a near-perfect game for the USWNT. They showed why they are the best in the world, and why the new blood coming up through the ranks are just as potent and deadly as those who preceded them.


Lineups

United States: Barnhart, Krieger (Dunn), Buehler, Engen, O’Hara, Press (Wambach), Boxx, Averbuch (Sauerbrunn), Heath (Mewis), Morgan, Leroux

Germany: Schult, Maier, Wensing, Henning, Peter (Cramer), Odebrecht (Keßler, Bresonik), Goeßling, Mittag (Popp), Marozsan (Lotzen), Faißt (Huth), Okoyino da Mbabi

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