Morgan leads USA past Danes

[ALGARVE CUP] Alex Morgan continued her hot streak, scoring in each half to give the USA a 5-0 win over Denmark in the opening game of the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux also scored for the Americans, who outshot the Danes 16-5.

On the first goal Morgan combined with Wambach and Heather O'Reilly to strike a shot from 16 yards out that caromed off the left post and rolled behind Denmark goalkeeper Heidi Johansen over the line.

Morgan set up Wambach for her 132nd goal of her international career, then added a second goal of her own in the 84th minute when she ran through a pack of Danish defenders and finished off sub Tobin Heath's pass.

Morgan had scored the tying goal in the 88th minute and added the winner three minutes into stoppage time to rally the USA past New Zealand, 2-1, earlier in February.

The former Cal star had come off the bench to spark the U.S. attack that had sputtered in the deciding Olympic qualifying semifinal against Costa Rica and two days later scored twice in the first half hour of the final against Canada.

The five goals against Denmark were the second most the USA has scored at the Algarve Cup. It scored seven against host Portugal in 2000.

Next up: Norway on Friday at 10 a.m. ET in Lagos.

Feb. 29 in Lagos
USA 5 Denmark 0. Goals: Morgan 21, 84, Wambach 44, Lloyd 76, Leroux 90.
USA -- Solo; LePeilbet, Buehler, Rampone, O’Hara (Cox, 46), O’Reilly (Rodriguez, 46), Boxx (Lindsey, 72), Lloyd, Cheney (Leroux, 78), Morgan, Wambach (Heath, 46).
Denmark -- Johansen, Hansen (Bjerg, 46), Jensen, T.Nielsen, Olsen; Katrine Pedersen, Knudsen (Thorsen, 46), Veje (Rasmussen, 65), Christiansen (Kristine Pedersen, 65), Harder (S.Nielsen, 78), Nadim (Munk, 68).
Att.: 300.

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