Jan. 19, 2010
BERKELEY - California women's soccer junior forward Alex Morgan is currently participating in the 26-player U.S. women's senior national team training camp, held from Jan. 17-Feb. 4 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The extended 20-day camp will give head coach Pia Sundhage a final look at the core of her current player pool before selecting an 18-player roster for the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal. Morgan earned her first call-up to the national team in December for another training camp. CalBears.com recently caught up with the busy Morgan to discuss the last training camp and preparing for this one.
CalBears.com: Let's go back to the call for the first training camp. What was going through your mind? Had you been expecting it?
CalBears.com: Heading down to the camp in December, what were you feeling? Were you nervous, excited, intimidated, all of the above?
CalBears.com: The December training camp was smack dab in the middle of the close of the semester and finals. After three seasons at Cal, you're a pro at balancing school and soccer during the regular season, but what was it like balancing national team camp and finals?
CalBears.com: What was the day-to-day schedule for the training camp? Where did you stay? What did you eat?
AM: We played two friendlies and had one practice a day the rest of the days. We did get a day off with an occasional morning or afternoon off. We stayed at a hotel about 15 minutes away from the Home Depot Center. The food at the hotel was very good. I always love going to camps because of the food. We have breakfast, lunch and dinner as a team, and it's just like a home-cooked meal, which is rare for me since I don't really cook in Berkeley!
CalBears.com: How do you think you improved as a player after the first training camp?
CalBears.com: You recently learned that you'll be attending a second training camp with the possibility of getting selected for the 18-player roster for the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal. Does this make you more nervous about this camp compared to the last one?
CalBears.com: You played in and scored the gamewinner in the gold medal match of the U.S. Under-20 World Cup, which is a huge accomplishment. With that kind of experience under your belt, how did it compare with training with the national team?
CalBears.com: Did you idolize any of the current national team members with whom you were training in Carson? What was that like?
CalBears.com: What is the coaching style of U.S. national team head coach Pia Sundhage like compared to that of Cal head coach Neil McGuire or any other coaches you've had?
CalBears.com: Should you get selected to the 18-member roster for the Algarve Cup, what happens next? Do you know what the training/travel schedule involves?
CalBears.com: Should you not get selected to the 18-member roster for the Algarve Cup, what happens next?
CalBears.com: With the new semester starting up in the middle of the training camp, how will you be handling academics and soccer in Los Angeles?
CalBears.com: You're a Southern California native, hailing from Diamond Bar, Calif., which is just 35 miles from the Home Depot Center. Is it nice to be training in SoCal?
To read this season's Q&A with the Golden Bears, check out the archive here.