Alex Morgan earns Golden Boot from U.S. women’s team
Former Cal star 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. Stanford defender Tierna Davidson, who started in her first nine national team appearances, was named Young Player of the Year, U.S. Soccer announced Friday.
Morgan scored seven of her goals during the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament this fall to earn the Golden Boot. The United States won the tournament and earned a spot in the World Cup. Morgan also earned Player of the Year honors in 2012, when she had 28 goals and helped the national team win an Olympic title. The U.S. women’s team, ranked No. 1 in the world, went undefeated in 2018 with 19 wins and two ties. That extended the team’s overall unbeaten streak to 28 games, dating to a 1-0 loss to Australia in the 2017 Tournament of Nations.
Morgan currently sits at 98 career international goals.
Davidson’s college season at Stanford was cut short when she broke her ankle in September.
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