Monday, July 25, 2011

Spotlight: Alex Morgan

Athletic. Determined. Elegant. Three words out of many adjectives that describe Alex Morgan, a forward on this years USA Women's Soccer team. At age 22, Alex is receiving more attention that ever (which is well deserved) after she dazzled in the Women's World Cup in Germany. With her glistening and contagious smile, Alex proved that at her young age she has the potential to be a dominant player in women's soccer (not to mention that she was the youngest player on the roster).

During her time on the West Coast playing at the University of California Berkeley, Morgan clawed her way as a Golden Bear to being the teams leading scorer in 2007. She continued her sharp shooting in 2008 by being the highest goal scorer for Cal again with eight goals total. However though this seems like very few goals, Morgan would have had much more but she had national team commitments during her sophomore year. The Bears missed their leader of the pack that season as the fell out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round, however Alex was playing in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. After her experience nationally, Alex Morgan overpowered her opposing goalies during her senior year as she scored fourteen goals and had eight assists. Her name will forever shine in the "Golden State" as she is third all time in scoring for Cal. In 2011, Morgan was drafted in the first round by the Western New York Flash which was a first for the California Golden Bears.

While playing for the United States U-20 Women's team in Chile, Alex scored four goals, one of which was voted best goal of the tournament. Morgan pushed forward in March 2010 when she was a substitute in a match against Mexico where she scored her first international goal. This summer during the USA's semi-final match-up against France, Morgan scored in the 82nd minute which gave the United States a 3-1 lead. She also scored a goal in the World Cup Final against Japan. Alex Morgan continues to play for her New York club team and look for her to continue firing goals while smiling with her teammates.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"This summer during the USA's semi-final match-up against France, Morgan SCORED in the 82nd minute which gave the United States a 3-1 lead. She also scored her FIRST goal of the World Cup against Japan."

Um? Her first came against France as you said.. the one against Japan was the 2nd.

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