USWNT Beats Canada in CONCACAF W Championship, Clinches Spot in 2024 Olympics

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJuly 19, 2022

MONTERREY, MEXICO - JULY 18: Alex Morgan of United States controls the ball during the championship match between United States and Canada as part of the 2022 Concacaf W Championship at BBVA Stadium on July 18, 2022 in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo by Jaime Lopez/Jam Media/Getty Images)
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The United States women's national team is headed to the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

The Americans clinched their spot in the Games with a 1-0 victory over Canada in Monday's final contest of the CONCACAF W Championship at Estadio BBVA in Guadalupe, Mexico.

The United States will be one of two CONCACAF representatives in Paris, while Canada will face third-place finisher Jamaica in a playoff in September 2023 for the other spot.

Jamaica defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in Monday's third-place match.

The lone goal in the title game came on a penalty kick by Alex Morgan in the 78th minute after Rose Lavelle drew the foul in the box.

U.S. Soccer WNT @USWNT

HOW COOL CAN YOU BE, <a href="https://twitter.com/alexmorgan13?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ALEXMORGAN13</a> 😮‍💨<br><br> <a href="https://t.co/XCMXWaF8oh">pic.twitter.com/XCMXWaF8oh</a>

Monday's clash was a showdown between two powerhouses, as the United States is No. 1 in the FIFA rankings and defending World Cup champions, while Canada is No. 6 and defending Olympic champions.

The Americans entered play unbeaten against their North American rivals in nine previous meetings at a CONCACAF final, but Canada defeated them 1-0 in the semifinal of the last Olympics thanks to a late penalty kick.

Revenge didn't come easy, as the game was scoreless deep into the second half even though the Red, White and Blue created far more chances.

AO @AmericanOutlaws

The thing about this game is that it should be 6-0.

Nancy Armour @nrarmour

Could easily be 5-0. <a href="https://t.co/dzqk3U58sk">https://t.co/dzqk3U58sk</a>

While the opposing defense and goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan deserved some of the credit for keeping the game scoreless in the face of a consistent attack, the eventual victors also failed to capitalize on the opportunities with a number of poor shot attempts.

That changed when Morgan stepped up to the ball after the penalty, and the result seemed inevitable from there, given the way much of the game unfolded.

OptaJack⚽️ @OptaJack

3 - <a href="https://twitter.com/alexmorgan13?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@alexmorgan13</a> has scored in 3 of the 4 qualifying finals (World Cup/Olympics) she's played for the <a href="https://twitter.com/USWNT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USWNT</a> against Canada (also 2012 Olympics, 2019 World Cup). Stage. <a href="https://t.co/PG7sCLEiQ3">pic.twitter.com/PG7sCLEiQ3</a>

Men in Blazers @MenInBlazers

Alex Morgan. 10 goals in 12 matches against Canada. A statistic that tells you all you need to know about her ability to score big goals in big games 🇺🇸🏆

It was the third goal of the tournament for the two-time World Cup champion and four-time CONCACAF Female Player of the Year, and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Americans.