MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Alex Morgan scored twice in the first half as the United States Women’s National Team beat Haiti 3-0 Monday night in the CONCACAF W Championship opener.
The tournament determines the region’s four direct berths for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Midge Purce also scored for the United States, who have won the last two World Cups.
Morgan opened the scoring for the United States in the 16th minute with a heel kick on a pass from Mallory Pugh that passed Haiti goalkeeper Lara Larco.
Morgan’s second goal came on a header in the 23rd minute.
Haiti received a penalty in the 42nd but Roselord Borgella’s attempt hit the post and flew away. Borgella received a red card in the 45th, but the video review overruled the call and she received a yellow.
USA appeared to score on an own goal in the 78th minute, but Megan Rapinoe was ruled offside. Purce scored his fourth international goal in the 84th.
USA coach Vlatko Andonovski praised Morgan and said he was happy with the result, although there are things to work on before the Americans face Jamaica on Thursday.
“On the other side, we missed a lot of chances, we gave up a penalty. It’s something we’ll have to do better and tie some things up for the next game,” Andonovski said.
Eight teams are split into two groups for the W Championship. The top two in each group earn World Cup berths. The third-place finishers in each group will advance to a 10-team intercontinental playoff, to be held in New Zealand in February.
The W Championship winner also earns a spot at the 2024 Olympics.
Haiti has never qualified for a World Cup or the Olympics. Besides the United States and Haiti, the group includes Jamaica and Mexico.
Canada, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago are in the other group.
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