"And next time someone on national TV refers to Landon Donovan as the all-time leading goal scorer for the U.S., it would be great if he displayed some of the dignity and grace we know he possesses and say, ‘All-time leading men’s scorer. There are seven U.S. women higher on the list than me.’"
This year, the Women’s Gold Medal soccer match for the London Olympics was the NBC Sports Network’s most watched event in history of the network with 4.35 million viewers. More people around the world livestreamed the women's final than any other sporting event during the...
From magazine photo shoots, to television appearances, to growing crowds that gather to catch a glimpse of her, you couldn’t blame Alex Morgan if her budding stardom and status as the new face of the US Women’s national team were starting to get to her.
Morgan may have more off-the-field responsibilities than she did just a year ago, when she was a young prospect worried about making the US World Cup team. Needless to say, plenty has changed in the year since.
Combining stunning good looks with an exceptional playing style, Morgan has followed up a breakout performance at the 2011 World Cup with an outstanding run of form three months into 2012, having catapulted her from prospect to superstar.
The 22-year-old striker takes it all in her stride. She credits her experience last summer at the World Cup with helping her not only to grow as a player, but to mature as a person.
“I had no idea what to expect [at the World Cup]. I now know what to expect going into the Olympics,” said Morgan in an interview with FOX Soccer. “It’s not that I was going blindly into the World Cup. I had been playing for many years, and going into so many training camps with the team prepared me, but having gone through that experience I know what I need to do to prepare and what I need to do to contribute to team success.
“Now that I have a little more experience at the highest level, and at the best tournament, I’m able to look toward the Olympics a little more calmly, and know exactly what I need to do to prepare for the Olympics.”
July 9, 2011 - Dresden, Saxony, Germany - The USA women’s national soccer team poses during a photo session on the Neumarkt in front of the Church of Our Lady in Dresden,Germany, 09 July 2011. During the quarter-final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011, the USA will play Brazil. Photo:A.BURGI.
2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Opener that Never Aired
"With permission of the creative talent that produced this piece, I am honored to share it with you. It unfortunately didn’t air on ESPN the day of the WWC 2011 Final, but given the outcome, is quite remarkable."