Alex Morgan (July 2nd, 1989): Morgan is an American soccer player and Olympic gold medalist who joined the U.S. U-20 team in 2008 and achieved her first cap with the senior womens national team in March of 2010. She currently plays the forward position for both the Portland Thorns of the National Womens Soccer League and the United States women’s national team.
Morgan made her professional debut with the Western New York Flash in 2011, where she was drafted number one over all in the WPS Draft, going on to help her team win the league championship.
At age 22 she was the youngest player on the national team during the 2011 FIFA Womens World Cup. In the 2012 London Olympics she scored the game-winning goal in the 123d minute of the semifinal game against Canada. She finished 2012 with 28 goals and 21 assists, joining Mia Hamm as the only American women to score 20 goals and collect 20 assists in the same calendar year, and making her the sixth and youngest U.S player to score 20 goals in a single year. She was subsequently named U.S Soccer Female Athlete of the Year and was a FIFA World Player of the year finalist.
For her work on the field, U.S Soccer announced Morgan as the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year. Morgans exploits have also earned her a place on the FIFA Ballon D’or shortlist, ultimately finishing third in voting.