Alex Morgan hasn't scored the most goals on the U.S. Women's soccer team at the 2012 Olympics, but she has arguably been its best player. The Cal-Berkley product has gone from being a reserve at last year's World Cup to a true star at the London Games.
At just 23 years old, Morgan has scored a ridiculous 29 goals in just 43 caps for the national team, including 19 tallies so far this year. But Morgan isn't just a goal-scorer, she has also become a perfect complement to fellow forward Abby Wambach.
Morgan opened the Olympics with two goals in the U.S.'s 4-2 comeback win over France, and assisted on Wambach's goal in the team's 1-0 victory over North Korea on Tuesday at Old Trafford in Manchester. The victory over the North Koreans put the U.S. through to the quarterfinals by winning its group with a 3-0 record.
While the United States possesses a loaded roster, Morgan's talent, speed, striking ability, youth, and good looks are turning her into the face of the women's soccer in America. Her 630,000-plus Twitter followers don't hurt either.
Morgan is one of the fastest players in the world and watching her run down long balls, or sprint past defenders is incredible. She is just fun to watch play.
If the U.S. Women's soccer team leaves London with the gold, expect Morgan to be a big reason why. And expect her to become a bona fide star in America.
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