Alex Morgan Scores Twice Leading US Women’s World Cup Qualifying

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On the Fourth of July, Alex Morgan scored in her first international multi-goal game for the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2018, in the opening match of the CONCACAF W Championship in a 3–0 victory over Haiti on Monday night.

Teams for the 2023 World Cup are determined from the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football regional tournament, to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, as the United States competes for its third consecutive title—having won in 1991, 1999, 2015, and 2019.

Against Haiti, Morgan gave the United States an early lead in the 16th minute from a Mallory Pugh cross, from near the right touchline that Morgan redirected with a jumping, fancy, left-heel past Haiti goalkeeper Lara Larco, at the near side of the goal.

“I’m so proud of Alex,” said U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski. “Coming out of the Olympics, I don’t think she was in the best form [after giving birth] of her life and then not being called in [to play internationally] a few times.”

Epoch Times Photo Alex Morgan #13 of the United States looks on during a game against Colombia at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on June 28, 2022. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

The 33-year-old Morgan has the second most caps on the current roster with 193, and by far leads in goals scored with 117.

She is just one of a handful of veteran players, with over 100 matches played, returning from a disappointing first Bronze medal finish at the 2021 Olympics.

Morgan missed most of 2020 while giving birth to her daughter, Charlie Elena Carrasco, on May 7th; she married former LA Galaxy player, Servando Carrasco, on New Year’s Eve 2014 having met while playing soccer in college at University of California–Berkeley.

On Jan. 24, 2016, Morgan received the key to the city of her hometown Diamond Bar, in southeast Los Angeles County bordering Orange County.

Morgan and U.S. teammate Megan Rapinoe became the first two American female players to donate one percent of their wages to support soccer-related charities beginning September 2017.

The striker returned to southern California as the captain of the San Diego Wave FC of the National Women’s Soccer League since mid-December 2021 in a trade from Orlando, receiving a record $275,000 in allocation money.

Primarily from endorsements, Morgan was ranked by Time Magazine in 2015 as the top-paid American women’s soccer player.

Along with Canada’s Christine Sinclair and Australia’s Steph Catley, Morgan appeared as the first women’s soccer player on the cover of the FIFA 15 video game in 2015. The following year, Morgan was again on the cover with Lionel Messi of FIFA 16.

Epoch Times Photo Alex Morgan of United States scores her team’s first goal during the match between United States and Haiti as part of the 2022 Concacaf W Championship at Universitario Stadium, in Monterrey, Mexico, on July 04, 2022. (Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Shortly after in the 23rd minute in Monday’s game at Estadio Universitario in Monterrey, Mexico, Morgan received a high cross from the right-center near midfield from Kelley O’Hara leading Morgan seven yards away from goal, placing a high header over Larco into the back of the goal for a 2–0 lead lasting through halftime.

Andonovski added that Morgan “did not run away,” and showed “resilience” and “quality of player” in her return to form.

Haiti’s Roselord Borgella struck her penalty kick-off of the left post in the 45th minute after she was tak...

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