Nov. 28, 2012
BERKELEY - California alumna and Olympic gold medalist star Alex Morgan is among five candidates for the 2012 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Award, the national soccer federation announced this week. The other candidates are Morgan's U.S. national teammates Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach.
Fans can vote on the U.S. Soccer Facebook page here.
Morgan had an extraordinary year and proved to be an indispensable part of the U.S. team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she scored the winning goal in the semifinal match against Canada in the third and final minute of extra time at the end of the second overtime period, sending the United States to the gold medal match against Japan. It was the latest goal ever scored in a FIFA competition. In the final, a 2-1 win against Japan, Morgan assisted on a Lloyd header for the first U.S. goal. Morgan scored three goals and had four assists in her first Olympic Games, also scoring twice against France.
On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Morgan and the U.S. national team play Ireland in a friendly - televised by Fox Soccer Channel - at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. JELD-WEN is the home field of Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers, whose roster includes former Cal men's defender and El Salvadoran international Steve Purdy.
Morgan and the U.S. women play Ireland in another friendly on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. MT at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Fox Soccer Channel will also televise the Saturday match.