Morgan collected a nifty flick-on header from Carli Lloyd and wasted little time putting the U.S. ahead, 1-0. She would go on to score again in a 5-0 win, one that has the USWNT on its way to becoming one of the two teams in its region that will book a ticket to Rio de Janeiro.
The final U.S. goal Wednesday was also noteworthy, if only for the skill involved. Christen Press showed off dazzling footwork in re-directing a cross to her advantage, burying the ball in the upper left corner.
The match was the first in the USWNT’s quest to qualify for a sixth straight Olympics and win the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the fourth straight time. It was played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, home of MLS squad FC Dallas, and it improved the USWNT’s all-time record against Costa Rica to 13-0-0.
Morgan now has 59 goals in her international career. The 26-year-old forward scored once during the USWNT’s march to a World Cup title last year, as she was brought along slowly while recovering from a knee injury. But with Abby Wambach having retired, the team needs Morgan to be at her productive peak.