Morgan top US player:
Alex Morgan has been named U.S. Soccer’s Player of the Year for a second time after leading the national team with 18 goals in 19 games and helping it earn a spot in the World Cup next year in France. Defender Tierna Davidson, who started in her first nine national team appearances, was named Young Player of the Year. The 19-yearold’s college season at Stanford was cut short when she broke her ankle in September.
The defending champion • United States is the top-ranked team for Saturday’s Women’s World Cup draw. Germany is No. 2 in the 24-team draw, followed by host nation France and England. Canada and Australia complete the list of top-seeded teams. The June 7-July 7 tournament will be played in nine cities in France with the final in Lyon.