USA routs Guatemala in World Cup qualifying despite Morgan's injury

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USWNT star Alex Morgan out of World Cup qualifying with ankle sprain
Friday October 17th, 2014

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) -- Star forward Alex Morgan left in the 37th minute after turning her left ankle, a blow to the United States in its 5-0 win over Guatemala in the CONCACAF Women's Championship.

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Morgan, who has 49 goals in 77 international appearances, first hurt the ankle during training late last October, then played against Brazil on Nov. 10. She was sidelined until returning to action with her club, the Portland Thorns, on June 7.

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Morgan was to have a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

Tobin Heath scored twice, and Carli Lloyd, Whitney Engen and Megan Rapinoe had one goal each as the U.S. improved to 2-0 in the group stage of tournament, which serves as qualifying for next year's World Cup. Goalkeeper Hope Solo got her 75th shutout.

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