Morgan Named to CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Qualifying Team
June 17, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - California rising sophomore forward Alex Morgan has been selected as one of 20 players who will attempt to help the United States earn a berth to the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup through the CONCACAF qualifying tournament being held June 18-28 in Puebla, Mexico.
U.S. Under-20 head coach Tony DiCicco named the roster after a week of training in Park City, Utah, in an attempt to acclimate the U.S. team to the altitude of almost 7,000 feet it will experience at Estadio Cuauhtemoc in Puebla, where all the matches of the qualifying tournament will be played.
The U.S. team opens the eight-team 2008 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, June 18, at 11 a.m. PT before facing Cuba on June 20 at 11 a.m. PT, and host Mexico on June 22 at 12:30 p.m. PT in Group A play. Group B features Canada, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Jamaica. The semifinals will be held on June 25 with the third-place match championship game taking place on June 28.
The top two finishers in each group after first-round play will cross-over for the semifinals. The USA must finish in the top-three (the winners of the semifinals and the third-place match) to earn one of 16 spots in the fourth FIFA women's youth world championship being staged from Nov. 19-Dec. 7 in four Chilean cities: Coquimbo, Santiago, Chillan and Temuco.
Eleven nations have already qualified. They are host Chile; Japan, China and North Korea from Asia; France, Germany, Norway and England from Europe; New Zealand from Oceania; and Brazil and Argentina from South America.
Morgan, who has been actively involved with the U.S. Under-20 national team since April, played well for Cal during the 2008 spring season. She notched a hat trick in the Bears' 3-2 victory over 19-time national champion North Carolina April 6.
Morgan, a second-team Soccer Buzz freshman All-American, led Cal in points (18) and goals (8) in 2007. The Diamond Bar, Calif., product tallied three game-winning goals on her way to honorable mention all-conference recognition and Pac-10 All-Freshman accolades. Morgan also was named third-team All-West by Soccer Buzz and second-team All-Freshman by Soccer America.