Morgan’s run nips U.S. win in WCQ

Barely.

i-619923560a6594bf409d397571ec972f-morgan's moment.jpgMorgan’s moment: Alex Morgan, center, celebrates her well-taken goal that gave the U.S. a narrow win Saturday over Italy (AP Photos).

Aided by an overly generous dollop of second half stoppage time Diamond Bar’s Alex Morgan scored minutes after her entry into the game as a late 85th minute sub as the sub-par Americans eked out a slim 1-0 victory over Italy Saturday in the first leg of the two nations’ World Cup qualifying playoff series

The second leg is set for next Saturday in Chicago.

Coach Pia Sundhage will have to feel extremely fortunate to escape with a one-goal advantage after yet another less than convincing display.

Having said that it was a well-taken chance by the 21-year-old striker who chose an opportune moment to score the biggest goal of her nascent career from a well-timed run the tiring Italians could not repel.

Game story.

i-6402f4df2ec92519190f52d1ba5bdd0c-wambachitaly.jpgMarta Carissimi and Italy brought Abby Wambach and the U.S. down to earth Saturday.

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