Sunday, May 27, 2012
Olympic roster out, Morgan strikes again
By Scott French
|Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan scored two more goals in win over China just hours after she was named to the Olympic roster.|
Alex Morgan made the U.S. Olympic roster, which was never in doubt, so she celebrated with the usual aplomb.
The striker from Diamond Bar scored two more goals Sunday evening to lead the U.S. women's national team past China, 4-1, before a sellout crowd of 18,573 at the Philadelphia Union's stadium in Chester, Pa.
It was the first game in the Americans' final run-up to the London Games, which kick off July 25. Head coach Pia Sundhage unveiled her 18-woman roster for the tournament earlier Sunday, and there were no surprises.
Morgan (Diamond Bar HS), who is quickly evolving into the Americans' most visible star, at least on par with Hope Solo, has 24 goals in 39 international appearances, after netting her ninth and 10th in a dozen games this year. She had a breakout performance at last year's Women's World Cup in Germany.
Other local players on the roster are midfielder Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach/South Torrance HS), forward Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC), UCLA products Sydney Leroux and Lauren Cheney, and star forward Abby Wambach, who has a home in Hermosa Beach. Leroux is the only player on the roster who was not at the World Cup last year.
Wambach on Saturday scored her 135th international goal, No. 2 on the all-time list.
Boxx has been a regular with the U.S. since the 2003 Women's World Cup. Rodriguez's first big tournament was the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in which the U.S. added to gold medals won in 1996 and 2004.
Forward Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates/Chadwick School), who has been in just one full national team camp and is uncapped but starring in Sweden, is one of four alternates, along with goalkeeper Jill Loyden, midfielder Lori Lindsey and midfielder Meghan Klingenberg.
Here's the full roster (with college affiliations, hometowns and caps/goals):
Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Gilbertsville, Pa., 43/0
Hope Solo (Washington), Richland, Wash., 115/0
Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Del Mar, 79/3
Amy LePeilbet (Arizona State), Crystal Lake, Ill., 67/0
Heather Mitts (Florida), Cincinnati, 124/2
Kelley O'Hara (Stanford), Fayetteville, Ga., 17/0
Christie Rampone (Monmouth), Point Pleasant, N.J., 257/4
Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia), St. Louis, 21/0
Shannon Boxx (Notre Dame), Redondo Beach (South Torrance HS), 164/23
Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Indianapolis, 64/18
Tobin Heath (North Carolina), Basking Ridge, N.J., 42/5
Carli Lloyd (Rutgers), Delran, N.J., 132/36
Heather O'Reilly (North Carolina), East Brunswick, N.J., 163/34
Megan Rapinoe (Portland), Redding, Calif., 49/12
Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Vancouver, British Columbia, 10/7
Alex Morgan (California), Diamond Bar (Diamond Bar HS), 39/24
Amy Rodriguez (USC), Lake Forest (Santa Margarita Catholic HS), 86/24
Abby Wambach (Florida), Rochester, N.Y., 179/135
May 26: China at Chester, Pa., W 4-1 (Morgan 2, Wambach, own goal)
June 16: Sweden at Hamstad, Sweden
June 18: Japan at Hamstad, Sweden
June 30: Canada at Sandy, Utah
July 25: France at Glasgow, Scotland
July 28: Colombia at Glasgow, Scotland
July 31: North Korea at Manchester, England