Mor­gan named US women’s foot­baller of the year

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CHICAGO: Alex Mor­gan, whose 18 goals in 19 matches helped the United States qual­ify to de­fend their women’s World Cup ti­tle, was named US fe­male foot­baller of the year on Fri­day.

Mor­gan’s 18 goals in 2018 were by far a team-lead­ing mark and were also the se­cond-most she has scored in a cal­en­dar year in her in­ter­na­tional ca­reer, be­hind only 2012.

She has 98 in­ter­na­tional goals for her ca­reer.

This year Mor­gan scored against nine dif­fer­ent coun­tries and had six multi-goal games, in­clud­ing a hat-trick against Ja­pan in the Tour­na­ment of Na­tions.

She scored seven goals to earn the golden boot in the CON­CA­CAF World Cup qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment, which the US won to se­cure their place in next year’s World Cup in France.

“I’m just happy that I was able to con­trib­ute in this way to the Na­tional Team, es­pe­cially lead­ing into a World Cup year, as it was im­por­tant for the whole team to gain con­fi­dence and mo­men­tum,” said Mor­gan, who was named Player of the Year for a se­cond time.

“To be named cap­tain with Me­gan (Rapi­noe) and Carli (Lloyd), I felt I was chal­lenged to suc­ceed in a re­ally pos­i­tive way and was com­fort­able grow­ing into this larger role with the team.

“I’m also pleased that I was able to im­prove and evolve in my play along the way.

“There’s a good en­ergy to the team right now and we’re all re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting started next year,” she added.

— AFP photo

Alex Mor­gan of the US plays dur­ing the Con­ca­caf Women’s Cham­pi­onship fi­nal at Toy­ota Sta­dium in Frisco, Texas in this Oct 17 file photo.

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