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Morgan hat trick powers USA to third
by Paul Kennedy, March 7th, 2012 5:06PM

TAGS:  germany, japan, sweden, women's national team


[ALGARVE CUP] Alex Morgan scored the first hat trick of her career to lead the USA to a 4-0 win over Sweden in the third-place game at the Algarve Cup. It snaps a three-game winless streak against Sweden. Germany, which didn't qualify for the London Olympics, beat Women's World Cup champion Japan, 4-3, for the Algarve Cup title in a wild final.

Abby Wambach added one goal, the 134th in a U.S. uniform.

"I am very happy about the four goals we scored and the way we played at times and the way we created chances," said U.S. coach Pia Sundhage. "Abby's goal is very important because we should do well on set pieces and Alex Morgan, she can create chances from nothing sometimes."

The USA will next return to action with two matches in Japan: April 1 against Japan in Sendai (TV: ESPN2, ESPN, 6:30 a.m. ET) and April 3 against Brazil (TV: ESPN2, ESPN, 7 a.m. ET).

In the Germany-Japan final, the Germans converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute to go ahead 3-2. Japan equalized a minute later and then the Germans scored in stoppage time to win its second Algarve Cup title.

March 7 in Parchal
USA 4 Sweden 0. Goals: Morgan 4, 33, 72; Wambach 36.
USA -- Barnhart, LePeilbet, Rampone, Buehler, O'Hara, O'Reilly (Rapinoe, 71), Boxx, Lloyd (Cheney, 71), Heath (Rodriguez, 56), Morgan, Wambach (Leroux, 82).
Sweden -- Lindahl, Rohlin, Segerstrom (Sembrant, 46), Thunebro, Berglund (Hammastroem, 85), Seger,  Goeransson (Jakobsson, 63), Almgren (Fischer, 46), Sjoegran (Moberg, 88), Dahlkvist, Schelin (Landstrom, 69).

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