WNT Oct 7, 2010
Alex Shoots! Alex Scores!
It certainly was not the prettiest game in recent U.S. WNT history, but one of the highlights was the first full international goal for 21-year-old forward Alex Morgan, who came off the bench in the 71st minute and added an attacking spark to the cause, tying the game in the 83rd minute with a sophisticated and powerful finish. The goal was #4 on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day. The match marked just Morgan's third career cap, but her combination with Abby Wambach on the goal was something that bodes well for the future. Despite struggling to possess the ball for most of the match, the USA still out-shot China 16-8 and forced the Chinese into their own half for most of the second half. Despite playing just over 20 minutes, Morgan looked the most dangerous of the USA's attacking players which certainly doesn't hurt her chances of making the USA's 20-player Women's World Cup qualifying roster. The U.S. team will stay in Philadelphia to train on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, after which U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will name the roster. The players will then get a week off before the team leaves for Mexico on Oct. 19 to prepare for the CONCACAF WWC Qualifying Tournament being held in Mexico from Oct. 28-Nov.8
Veteran Kristine Lilly celebrates with young gun Alex Morgan after her goal tied the USA's match against China