If you looked away you would have missed it. Just twelve seconds into the United States Olympic Qualifying match against Costa Rica, Alex Morgan had found the back of the net.
A long ball from Lindsey Horan to the edge of the box found Carli Lloyd who flicked a brilliant header onto a charging Morgan. The Orlando Pride star took one touch, boxed out her defender, and finished near post with her right foot. The quick strike in the twelfth second is the fastest in USWNT and CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying history.
Morgan tallied another in the 62nd minute when she calmly headed a Carli Lloyd cross into the back of the net. It was her 59th international goal, putting her just one behind Shannon MacMillian for eighth on the USA’s all-time scoring list.
The U.S. went on to defeat Costa Rica 5-0 in their first match of Group A play. Alex Morgan and the U.S. will continue group play this Saturday, February 13th, against Mexico. The match will be live at 4pm CT on NBC Live Extra.