Between her clinching goal in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup semifinals against France and her massive game winner against Italy in Padova during World Cup qualifying, Alex Morgan has shown that she has a knack for coming off the bench and scoring massive goals for the USA women's soccer team. She's duplicated that feat in the final, adding another great goal to her growing resume, as she's put the United States up by a score of 1-0 on Japan in the World Cup final.
Megan Rapinoe created the goal, showing off the technical skill that prompted Pia Sundhage to return her to the starting lineup. While she was away from her normal left midfield position, sitting deep in the center, Rapinoe saw that Morgan had a one-on-one opportunity with a defender on the counter and played a brilliant long ball. Morgan won the battle for the ball and took a shot from the edge of the penalty area, placing a fantastic shot to the far post, beating Ayumi Kaihori, who has been brilliant despite allowing the goal.
Sundhage will now have a lot to think about with her substitutions with a 1-0 lead and Japan likely to change the way they had been playing.
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