CARY, N.C. — After the U.S. Women’s National Team topped Mexico 6-0 in its first game of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, forward Alex Morgan said the Americans have been looking forward to competing on this stage for more than two years. She was pleased with how the team started after doing so much preparation for Mexico.
“We couldn’t ask for a better start, really, this tournament and we’ve been looking forward to this for two years, honestly, when we lost that game in Brazil,” Morgan told reporters Thursday. “We were looking forward to this next tournament and so, obviously, it was a good way to start off the tournament.
“What’s impressive to us was being able to break down the five back because that’s not an easy thing — finding balls in behind and breaking lines.”
Couldn’t ask for a better start to World Cup qualifiers. Now we keep going. Game two comin at ya Sunday. #USWNT
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) October 5, 2018
Morgan scored twice Thursday — one in the 56th minute and another in the 79th — and is now eight goals away from becoming the seventh American with 100 goals in international play.
Rapinoe ➡️ Morgan = GOAL
Alex Morgan scores her 91st goal for the USWNT and puts the game away. pic.twitter.com/h5RE7cGnoz
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 5, 2018
After fashioning the clean sheet, the USWNT’s focus now shifts to Panama, its next opponent in group play (5 p.m. ET Sunday). Morgan acknowledged that the ultimate goal is to earn a berth in the FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup, but added that the team is trying not to look that far ahead.
“We’re really taking it one game at a time. We put a lot of thought into the preparation of the Mexico game, so we’re going to take it one game at a time,” she said. “We know winning the semifinal game is the ticket to the World Cup and so we’re just going to inch towards that and hope to finish off our group games on a high note.”