On Tuesday, Dec. 5, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include midfielders Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan and Samantha Mewis, and forwards Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. Today we continue “Making the Case” for each of the candidates, with WNT forward, Alex Morgan.
Seven goals in seven games is how Alex Morgan closed out 2017 with the U.S. Women’s National Team. After spending the first six months of the year in France playing with Olympique Lyonnais and helping the club achieve a historic treble, winning the League, French Cup and Champions League titles, Morgan returned to the U.S. and began a hot streak for both club and country.
Morgan takes on four Korea Republic players on Oct. 22, 2017.
In France, Morgan played in 15 matches, seven in the league (five goals), three in the Cup (seven goals) and five in Champions League play. She also started the Champions League Final against rival Paris Saint-Germain but was forced to leave in the 23rd minute when she aggravated a hamstring injury. That injury kept her out of the USA’s June friendlies in Europe, but she returned for the Tournament of Nations in late July.
Her scoring streak began then, against Japan at the Tournament of Nations, and continued through the WNT’s fall friendlies against New Zealand (three goals in two games), Korea Republic (one goal and one assist in two games) and Canada (two goals and one assist in two games). Her seven goals this year were a team-leading mark. At 28-years-old, she now has 80 career goals and sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s all-time goals.
For the Orlando Pride, Morgan also provided a spark that guided the team to its first playoff appearance in franchise history. She ended her season with nine goals in her last 12 games for the Pride and finished tied for fifth in the league in goals. She also had four assists in her 13 regular season games and was named to the NWSL Second XI.