Morgan’s goal sparks 3-0 US win over Switzerland in Portugal

Author: Associated Press
MGN Online

VILA REAL de SAN ANTONIO, Portugal (AP) – Alex Morgan redirected Lauren Holiday’s free kick for a goal some nine minutes into the second half and the U.S. women’s national team went on to defeat Switzerland 3-0 on Friday in group play at the Algarve Cup.

Amy Rodriguez added a goal in the 72nd minute before Abby Wambach came off the bench to score for the team, which improved to 2-0-0 in its last international tournament before the Women’s World Cup in Canada later this year.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo preserved the lead with a key save of a blast from Lara Dickenmann in the 60th minute. It was her 79th career shutout.

Switzerland, ranked No. 19 in the world, falls to 1-1-0 in Group B with the loss. The United States, sitting atop the group, plays Iceland in the final group match on Monday.

The Americans have won the Algarve Cup nine times in the tournament’s 22-year history. The 12-team field this year includes nine teams that will play in the Women’s World Cup starting in June.

The United States won the tournament opener 2-1 over Norway on Wednesday. Carli Lloyd scored two goals in the match, and Solo made her return to the team after a 30-day suspension.

Solo was suspended in January following the arrest of her husband, former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, for driving under the influence in a U.S. Soccer van. Solo, who was in training camp in Southern California at the time, was also in the van.

The United States improves to 3-1-0 this year. The United States opened 2015 with a pair of exhibitions, a 2-0 loss to France and a 1-0 victory over England.

U.S. coach Jill Ellis continued to tinker with her lineup in the match as the team prepares for the World Cup. The United States opens Group D play with Australia in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 8.

Switzerland opens on the same day against defending World Cup champion Japan in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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