Diamond Bar High School product Alex Morgan made her U.S. women's national team debut Wednesday night in a 1-0 victory over Mexico in Sandy, Utah.
Morgan, a star striker at California, played the second half of the Americans' second domestic appearance this year, played on the snowy turf -- using a yellow ball -- at Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium.
Abby Wambach scored in the 60th minute on a feed from Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx, her 105th international goal, pushing her into a tie with Michelle Akers for No. 3 on the all-time U.S. list, behind Mia Hamm (158) and Kristine Lilly (129).
Morgan replaced Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez, a former USC All-American, at halftime. She has scored 31 goals in three seasons in Berkeley and starred for the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, netting four goals, including the match winner in the final against North Korea.
Orange County native Scott French has been writing about soccer for more than 30 years for dozens of publications and Web sites. He was senior editor at Soccer America and was managing editor of MajorSoccerLeague Magazine from April 2007 until last summer. He has covered three World Cups for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and Los Angeles Daily News, two Women's World Cups for Soccer America, the Olympic Games, European Championship, U-20 World Cup, eight MLS Cups and all four professional women's championship games.