Wednesday, July 25, 2012

US Soccer Alex Morgan

US Soccer Alex Morgan - The USA forward has shown an ability to come off the bench and make an immediate impact. One of the USA’s fastest players and hardest runners, she has scored seven times in her first 16 caps. She scored a vitally important goal in the first leg of the USA’s two-game playoff series with Italy, finding the net four minutes into stoppage time in Padova, Italy, to give the Americans a crucial 1-0 victory heading back home for the second leg.

She burst onto the international scene at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, helping the USA to the championship and scoring the winning goal in the final against Korea DPR … 2011: Had a breakout performance at the Women’s World Cup, her first at the senior level, when she came off the bench for five of the six games and became, along with Abby Wambach, one of two U.S. players to score in the World Cup semifinal and championship game … Scored the third and game-clinching goal in the 3-1 victory over France in the semifinal and then tallied against Japan in the final to open the scoring … Also had an assist to Wambach in the championship game, becoming the first U.S. player to get a goal and an assist in the World Cup final … Played in 19 total matches, starting just two, but scored six goals with two assists … Scored three goals at the Algarve Cup in Portugal and was given the Top Scorer Award … Named one of 10 players on the short list for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2010: Earned her first career cap on March 31 against Mexico in Salt Lake City, coming on at halftime in a match played on a snow-covered field … Played in eight matches, all off the bench, and scored one of the most important goals in recent U.S. history when she came into the first leg of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Playoff against Italy in Padova on Nov. 20 and scored the winning goal in stoppage time to give the USA a 1-0 victory … Scored her first career goal on Oct. 2 against China in Chester, Pa., tallying the tying goal in the 1-1 draw with seven minutes left … Was the youngest player on the U.S. team at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament where she played in four games and scored two goals, against Guatemala and Costa Rica … 2009: Earned her first call-up to the senior side in December … Youth National Teams: Finished her U-20 career with 10 career caps and five goals … Four of those goals came at the 2008 FIFA Women’s World Cup where she won the Silver Ball as the second best player in the tournament and Bronze Shoe as the third-leading scorer … Scored against France, twice against Argentina, and then in the championship game against Korea DPR in the 42nd minute after a slaloming dribbling run … Played in four games at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament, scoring one goal against Cuba while picking up three assists … First Appearance: March 31, 2010, vs. Mexico … First Goal: Oct. 2, 2010, vs. China.

2011: Taken first overall in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash and helped the club to the WPS title in its first year of existence … Played 689 minutes in 13 games for the Flash, starting six, and had four goals (tied for second-most of any WNT player) with three assists … Played 106 minutes of the championship game during the penalty kick win over Philadelphia … Club: Captained the 2006 Cal South ’89 State Team to the U-17 national title … Played club for Cypress Elite from ages 14-18 … Played a few matches at the U-20 level for the San Diego Surf.

Concluded career at California in the fall of 2010 tied for the third all-time scorer in school history with 45 goals and in sole possession of third place in points (107) … Had she not missed numerous games as a senior while playing for the national team, likely would have finished atop both lists … Played in 67 games in her college career, starting 61 and fired 272 shots … She was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection … As a senior, she played in only 12 games due to national team commitments, but still led the Bears in goals (14) and points (30) and was first in the nation for the majority of the season in goal scoring … She capped off her career by being named NSCAA First-Team All-American … She was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy as a senior despite only playing in 12 matches … One of four finalists for the Honda Award, given to the best overall candidate in each sport … She led her Bears to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years, advancing to the second round twice … As a junior in 2009, she led Cal in goals (14), assists (8), points (36), shots (97) and shots on goal (55) and tallied three game-winning goals … As a sophomore in 2008 she led Cal in points (23), goals (9), shots (76) and shots on goal (39) … As a freshman in 2007, she started 15 of the 17 games she played in, but missed four games at the beginning of the season due to a sprained ankle … Led Cal in points (18) and goals (8) … Tallied game-winning goals against San Diego State, Saint Mary’s and No. 1 Santa Clara … Posted a hat trick against Saint Mary’s and had two goals at Arizona State … In the spring, she scored a hat trick in Cal’s 3-2 win against North Carolina … High School: Attended Diamond Bar HS where she was an NSCAA All-American and a three-time all-league pick.

Full name is Alexandra Patricia Morgan … Nicknames are “Alex”, “Al” or “Ali” … Graduated in December 2010, a full semester early, with a degree in political economy … Has a cat named Brooklyn that has six toes on both front feet … Enjoys shopping … Enjoys doing yoga, especially Bikram … Boyfriend Servando Carrasco plays for the Seattle Sounders in MLS … A three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection … Enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding … Lettered in track for two years in high school, running the 100-meter, the 200-meter and competing in the high jump … She also played volleyball in high school, in which she lettered twice, and was a right outside hitter but had to stop playing due to soccer commitments … Studied in Madrid in the summer of 2009 and speaks a bit of Spanish … Has a license to drive a motorcycle, but doesn’t … Obsessed with the number 13.

US Soccer Alex Morgan Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Arm Aritn

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