The name Alex Morgan is spreading fast after the 23-year-old Olympic soccer star scored a last-minute game-winning goal for her team in a match against Canada, leaving the score at 4-3 and sending the US to the gold-medal game against Japan on Thursday. Competing in her first Olympics, Morgan is already poised to become the new face of women’s soccer in the US. Chances are you’ll be seeing her in more than a few Nike ads soon. Get to know her in this bio-gallery.
Morgan is from Diamond Bar, California.
She plays forward for the Seattle Sounders Women of the W-League.
She attended UC-Berkeley and led the Golden Bears in goals her freshman year, 2007, with eight.
She repeated the feat in 2008 with nine goals.
That same year, she began playing for the U-20 women’s national team and competed in the 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile, where she scored four goals throughout the tournament.
In 2011, she got the call-up to the senior national team. She was the youngest US participant in the 2011 Women’s World Cup, where she notched goals in both the semi-finals and final (that heartbreaking shootout loss to Japan).
Early the following year, she appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue wearing nothing but body paint (example above).
Morgan has scored three goals in the 2012 Olympics so far—two in a group-stage match against France plus her latest game-winner.
Her goal against Canada, scored in the 123rd minute of the game, is officially the latest goal ever scored in a FIFA-sanctioned women’s match.
Morgan and the US squad will play Japan in the final women’s match of the 2012 Olympics at Wembley Stadium on August 9. The patriotism we’ll be feeling during that game will outweigh even the patriotism conveyed in the super-patriotic picture above. Go Alex. Go America.
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