Alex Morgan Called Up to National Team
Dec. 3, 2009
BERKELEY - California women's soccer junior standout Alex Morgan will join the U.S. women's national team at training camp from Dec. 5-15 in Carson, Calif. This marks the first time that Morgan, who replaces defender Brittany Bock, who is suffering from foot injuries, has been called up to join the full national team.
'We are all pleased for Alex,' Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. 'Her selection for the full women's national team camp speaks volumes for the season she had. Alex continues to grow as a player and will no doubt benefit greatly from being around some of the best players in the world. Alex's game is evolving all the time as she adds different dimensions to her game.'
At the close of the 2009 season, Morgan paced the Bears 14 goals. Thanks to her scores this season, Morgan has 31 career goals, and is now tied for fourth place all-time with Erika Hinton for career goals. With 36 points accumulated this year, she now stands in fifth place with 41 career points, just fourth points shy of tying for third.
The 20-year-old Morgan, who just finished her junior season at with the Golden Bears, won the Silver Ball as the second most valuable player and the Bronze Shoe at the third leading scorer during the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. She scored four times, including a gamewinner from distance in the 2-1 title game win over North Korea that goes down as one of the greatest goals in a world championship final in U.S. history.
Morgan scored 14 goals with eight assists for the Golden Bears this season, helping her team second round of the NCAA tournament where they fell to Florida State. Morgan is the second member of the USA's 2008 U-20 world champions to get a call-up to the full team, following midfielder Christine Nairn who has earned two caps with one goal.
The call-up of Morgan marks the second change to the training camp roster by U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage, who earlier called in midfielder Lori Lindsey to replace midfielder Tobin Heath.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Heather O'Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (7): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (UNC), Kelley O'Hara (Stanford), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)