MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - JULY 13: Alex Morgan of the USA celebrates after scoring their third goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Semi Final match between France and USA at Borussia Park on July 13, 2011 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Having already qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics by winning Friday's game versus Costa Rica, the USWNT's win over Canada in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament was the icing on the cake. The Canadian side came into tonight's match with a lot of confidence, but when it came time to perform, fell quite short. Instead, the US women ran all over Canada, defeating their rivals 4-0 and bringing home the tournament trophy. What is even more remarkable is the fact that the US did not give up a single goal of the entirety of the tournament.
The night belonged to rising star forward Alex Morgan. Despite the fact that this was the only match that she started in the tournament, she made it worthwhile, scoring two goals with one assist. Morgan played with a lot of heart tonight, not to mention blazing speed. The first of her two goals came in only the fifth minute of the match, where she made a fantastic run on a breakaway with an even better finish on the ball. Later in the match, Morgan would make a great cross from the end line of the pitch to Abby Wambach, putting it right on the veteran forward's head to score the second goal of the match, and the first of two for Wambach. It does not come as a surprise that Alex Morgan is being toted as the next Abby Wambach. The 22-year old has great speed and agility and can also put a pretty good head on the ball.
Despite the lack of goals from Canada, the tournament runner-up did challenge goalkeeper Hope Solo throughout the night. Despite a quad pull that almost sidelined her for the USWNT's qualifying match against Costa Rica, Solo seemed more than up to the challenge, making important saves when she needed to. While some of those saves may have lacked a certain finesse, she got the job done when she needed to. In fact, not one goal got past Solo the entire tournament, a feat she can surely be proud of.
The United States will now look to the summer as they start training for the Summer games. They will join England, Japan, Brazil, Columbia, Sweden, France, North Korea, South Africa, Cameroon, Canada and New Zealand who have also qualified for the the Olympic games. The only black mark on the tournament for the US is the loss of star defender Ali Krieger, who tore her ACL/MCL in the first game against the Dominican Republic. While the team will definitely miss her strong presence on the field, the USWNT go into the 2012 Olympics as defending champions. The loss of one player, however important she may be, won't slow down a team with this kind of performance. Stay tuned to Brotherly Game for more USWNT Olympic coverage as the road to London continues.