U.S. women capture Algarve Cup

Kyodo, AP

The United States has won the prestigious Algarve Cup for the ninth time, beating Germany 2-0 in Wednesday’s final.

Alex Morgan scored both goals in the first half as the American women won their first significant tournament under new coach Tom Sermanni, who took over in late 2012.

Morgan started the scoring in the 13th minute. Sydney Leroux sent a cross that Germany central defender Josephine Henning tried to head clear. But the ball fell to Morgan just inside the area and she scored with her left foot.

Morgan connected again 12 minutes later. A mixup between goalkeeper Almuth Schult and her defense let Morgan steal the ball and she rolled a shot into the empty net from the edge of the box.

Also Wednesday, women’s world champion Japan finished fifth by beating China 1-0.

Turbine Potsdam striker Yuki Ogimi’s close-range blast midway through the second half proved to be the difference as Nadeshiko rolled to their second straight win of the invitational tournament.

Ogimi swept home an Emi Nakajima free kick in the 67th minute that sailed through traffic inside the box for her 43rd goal in 95 international appearances.