While the U.S. Women’s National Team will be returning to the city where forward Alex Morgan earned her first cap in 2010 and she’ll be playing in the same stadium against the same opponent, one thing guaranteed to be different is the weather.
Most first caps are memorable, but Morgan’s was even more so. She entered the Rio Tinto Stadium pitch at halftime on March 31 in a driving snowstorm to run around in ankle deep snow. For a player born and raised in Southern California, who ventured only a few hundred miles and few degrees lower to northern California for college at the University of California Berkley, it was quite the shock.
It remains the only time she has played in snow.
“I’ve barely even seen a white Christmas, never mind played in snow,” said the Diamond Bar native. “I was standing there waiting to go in telling myself to pretend it was a nice, sunny California day. Then I got on and I didn’t feel my feet or legs, so that changed my outlook real quick.”