Alex Mor­gan earns Golden Boot from U.S. women’s team

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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.

The draw for the World Cup is set for to­day in Paris. The United States is the de­fend­ing cham­pion, hav­ing won in Canada in 2015. The June 7-July 7 tour­na­ment will be played in nine cities in France with the fi­nal in Lyon. GROUP TRY­ING TO KEEP CREW IN COLUM­BUS >> Cleve­land Browns own­ers Dee and Jimmy Haslam are part of a group plan­ning to build a $230 mil­lion sta­dium for the Colum­bus Crew as part of a bid to keep the Ma­jor League Soc­cer team in the city. The Haslams and Colum­bus-area in­vestors an­nounced in Oc­to­ber they are Mor­gan try­ing to buy the Crew af­ter it ap­peared the team was headed to Austin, Texas, af­ter this sea­son.

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The vic­tory ended run­ner-up Mar­cel Hirscher’s five-race win­ning streak in the event. Hirscher, the Olympic cham­pion in gi­ant slalom, could yet be awarded his 60th World Cup race win. FIS anti-dop­ing rules state oxy­gen tanks can­not be brought to race venues, and “com­pe­ti­tion re­sults achieved af­ter the use of the equip­ment shall be au­to­mat­i­cally dis­qual­i­fied.”


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