WNT takes 2013 Algarve Cup title with win over Germany
FARO,PORTUGAL (BDCi) — The U.S. Women’s National Team won the Algarve Cup for the ninth time after Alex Morgan’s two goals earned a 2-0 victory over Germany on Wednesday afternoon.
The U.S. forward scored twice in the first half and head coach Tom Sermanni’s team put in a comprehensive performance against the number two team in the world.
The U.S. dictated the pace from the start as Morgan started the scoring in the 13th minute after some hard work on the right wing from strike partner Sydney Leroux.
The Europeans were a constant threat for an equalizer but the U.S. defense was strong as a unit. A nice move in the 22nd minute freed up Anja Mittag but right back Ali Krieger made a superb tackle to prevent a shot and snuff out the danger.
Twelve mintes later, the U.S. doubled their lead with Alex Morgan doing the damage again. Germany should have dealt with a routine ball over the head off Tobin Heath but a mix up between goalkeeper Almuth Schult and her defense let Morgan steal the ball. She had the easiest of finishes and stayed composed, rolling the ball home into the empty net from the edge of the box for her second goal of the match.
The U.S. Women will return to Europe in about two weeks for matches against Germany in Offenbech on April 5 and against the Netherlands in The Hague on April 9.