Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

USA World Cup triumph motivates me, not golden boot, insists Morgan

USA World Cup triumph motivates me, not golden boot, insists Morgan

Birthday girl Alex Morgan made history on Tuesday when she became the first player in Women's World Cup history to score a goal on her natal day. Kelley O'Hara played in a gorgeous cross from down the right flank, Press got her head to it, and the United States found itself up, 1-0.

Join the discussion below! Lindsey Horan started in place of Sam Mewis in this match. "But we've got one more game, '" Ellis said. England pushed the United States hard, with White netting another goal that was eventually called back for offsides.

Media reports after the game says she injured a hamstring.

Unless the Netherlands or Sweden - the second semifinal takes place Wednesday - can achieve the unexpected in Sunday's final in the same stadium, the United States will retain its title, accentuating the country's dominance of the women's game. She's been constantly questioned in her first major tournament as the team's starter, as she takes over from Hope Solo as the USWNT No. 1. Mead drove the ball into the center, where star English striker Ellen White had positioned herself between the USA centerbacks.

The penalty save, the first by a US goalkeeper in regular time at the World Cup, was the moment the USA needed to hold on to their 2-1 lead and progress to Sunday's final. Morgan equaled that number and put the US ahead against backup goalkeeper Carly Telford, playing for the injured Karen Bardsley.

VAR did provide England with a lifeline though, a penalty awarded for a foul on White, but Houghton's soft spot kick was saved by Alyssa Naeher.

England have only conceded one goal so far - against Scotland during their first group game.

Though challenged by the world's finest teams in the knockouts, the USWNT remains firmly on its perch.

Rapinoe's omission came as a surprise and when she did not partake in the pre-game warm-up it was assumed she was out with an injury. It's been said time and time again, but the depth that this US side has is beyond impressive, particularly on the wings, where Jill Ellis can pick and choose who to play based on tactics and one-on-one matchups.

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