Jan. 6, 2012
BERKELEY - Former California women's soccer All-American Alex Morgan is one of 29 players selected to the United States Women's National Team training camp. Head coach Pia Sundhage called 29 players to Los Angeles for nine days of training at The Home Dept Center in Carson, Calif. beginning Jan. 7.
Following its training camp, Sundhage will select a 20-player roster and the team will head to Vancouver, Canada to participate in the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Training Tournament Jan. 19-29.
In Vancouver, the USA will open group play against the Dominican Republic on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. (PT). The U.S. will then face Guatemala on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 4:30 p.m. (PT) and finish group play against Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. (PT). The matches will be broadcast on the Universal Sports Network and Telemundo.
The group winners and runners-up will advance to the semifinals on Friday, Jan. 27, with the winners of those games qualifying for the Olympics. The championship game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29. All the group games and the semifinals will be played in double-header formats.
The U.S. Women's National Team will face New Zealand on Feb. 11 at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Morgan made her debut with the United States Women's National Team in 2010 in a match against Mexico and scored her first international goal against China. She became the youngest member of the United States Women's National Team roster for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup last summer. Morgan netted her first FIFA Women's World Cup goal in the 82nd minute of the semifinal match against France and recorded a goal and an assist in the FIFA Women's World Cup championship match against Japan.
Morgan concluded her stellar Cal career third in school history in scoring with 107 points and tied for third all-time with 45 career goals, despite missing the majority of her senior season while competing with the United States Women's National Team. She led the Bears in goals (14) and points (30) and ranked first nationally in scoring for most of the season as a senior while seeing action in just 12 matches due to her role with Women's National Team. The forward was a First Team NSCAA All-American selection and a finalist for the Hermann Trophy and Honda Award in 2010. A four-time All-Pac-10 pick, the standout earned first-team laurels each of her last two seasons. She guided the Bears to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons, leading the team in scoring each fall.
She was a standout in the class room as well, graduating a semester early with a degree in political economy. A three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree, she was selected to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position:
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (out of contract), Stephanie Cox (out of contract), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Meghan Klingenberg (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (out of contract), Heather Mitts (out of contract), Christie Rampone (out of contract), Becky Sauerbrunn (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Tobin Heath (out of contract), Lori Lindsey (out of contract), Carli Lloyd (out of contract), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Kelley O'Hara (out of contract), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (out of contract), Ingrid Wells (FC Göteborg), Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (out of contract), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (out of contract), Abby Wambach (out of contract)